Not long ago a student from San Diego State University died from an unintentional overdose after a party the 20 year old attended according an article on latimes.com. Acute intoxication from alprazolam and oxycodone was the cause of death according to the results of toxicology tests.
Just weeks before the young man's cause of death was announced the medical examiner had released an annual report. The report showed deaths related to prescription drug overdose were higher than automobile accident deaths in 2011.
Xanax is the Brand Name for Alprazolam
Obviously people don't understand that misusing medications like Alprazolam or combining alcohol or other drugs with the medication can be very dangerous, even lethal. Alprazolam is a depressant medication that falls into a category of drugs that are called benzo's (benzodiazepines) which are also sometimes referred to as tranquilizers. Xanax is the brand name for alprazolam and is a medication that's commonly prescribed to relieve anxiety, acute stress, nervous tension, and panic attacks but it's also a prescription drug that's commonly abused today too.
Xanax and other benzo's have the same effect on the brain as alcohol does. It's extremely dangerous to combine depressant drugs like alprazolam or other benzodiazepines with alcohol, barbiturates, antidepressants, lithium or other tranquilizers because the results can be fatal. There are so many people using prescription drugs like alprazolam for non-medical reasons today to enhance their social enjoyment, they need to understand the risks they're taking when they do.
Alprazolam (Xanax) Addiction
Addiction is another risk a person takes when they misuse alprazolam for non-medical reasons. People don't realize just how addictive alprazolam is and how fast they can become dependent on the medication if they take a larger dose than would be prescribed. The larger the dose the faster a person can become addicted to alprazolam and there are miserable withdrawal symptoms to be experienced if they stop.
Alprazolam (Xanax) Withdrawal Symptoms
Did you know that a person can experience withdrawal symptoms for up to a year if they're addicted to benzodiazepines like alprazolam? It's true, and there are many different uncomfortable symptoms of withdrawal a person can experience if they're addicted to alprazolam and they reduce or stop taking the medication abruptly. Another thing people may not realize is that seizures are the most dangerous withdrawal symptom a person may experience if they're dependent on alprazolam, especially if they stop their use suddenly or try to quit cold-turkey. Other symptoms associated with alprazolam addiction include:
- Changes in personality
- Panic attacks
- Become sensitive to light and sound
- Irritability and restlessness
Alprazolam is a medication that a person can easily become dependent on even if they're taking it for legitimate medical reasons. If a person forgets to take their dose of alprazolam once they're dependent on the medication they can begin to experience withdrawal symptoms that soon. Abusing drugs like alprazolam just isn't worth the risks!