RadioMD: The Dr. Decker Weiss Show
RadioMD: The Dr. Decker Weiss Show

What You Need to Know About Xanax

November 4, 20139 min
For any long-term user, or even the occasional user, Xanax might not be the best option.Anxiety can be a miserable emotional state. Many people turn to benzodiazepines (especially Xanax) to help with anxiety and panic disorders. Benzodiazepines are effective and work relatively quickly, but have major drawbacks of physical and psychological dependence. Xanax can cause many people to experience subtle withdrawal symptoms between doses, producing drowsiness, fatigue, impaired coordination, irritability, light-headedness, memory impairment, insomnia, and headaches. Xanax may be taken several times a day due to its short half-life. Over time, the brain adjusts to the drug’s activity, so that if they are stopped suddenly, people show strong withdrawal symptoms, such as high blood pressure, shaking and intense anxiety. When severe, Xanax withdrawal can produce death. For any long-term user, or even the occasional user, Xanax might not be the best option. However, there is a place for short-term use of other Benzodiazepine’s such as clonipin or clonazepam. Dr. Decker Weiss explains the pros and cons of xanax.

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