Xanax, with its generic name alprazolam, is a potent benzodiazepine drug that can treat anxiety disorders, panic disorders, and anxiety caused by depression. (1)

It acts on the nervous system, increasing the production and effects of GABA, a” nerve-calming” agent. Although extremely effective and useful for those suffering from such disorders, it is, unfortunately, the subject of substance abuse.

How Does A Xanax High Feel Like?

The writer of the article did not include this in the article to encourage people to take Xanax for other than its intended purposes. Instead, this serves as a precaution as even people suffering anxiety and panic disorders can get high when accidentally overdosing.

The main reason some people abuse Xanax is the feeling of euphoria it gives. Xanax slows down the central nervous system by acting as a sedative. Substance abusers often take Xanax along with other substances to increase the amount of high it can give.

Some of this substances may include: (2)

  • Taking it with alcohol
  • Crushing up the drug and snorting it
  • Mixing it with marijuana
  • Smoking it

However, that kind of experience is not guaranteed. It is to be noted that taking Xanax with alcohol or other drugs without the prescription of a health professional may lead to adverse or even fatal consequences.

What are the Dangers of Getting High On Xanax?

Xanax abuse is as serious matter. Everyone who uses this drug is already at risk of overdose, but the odds increase for people who abuse it. It is effortless to build up a tolerance, and in effect, addiction from Xanax. The recommended dosage even for individuals who need it only range from 0.5mg to 4 mg. This can even go lower depending on age.

Moreover, people who intake Xanax for recreational use are more likely to be not aware of that it should not be mixed with certain medications as well as with alcohol.

Where Do Xanax Abusers Get Xanax?

Drug abusers often get their drugs from doctors. However, this does not necessarily mean that the doctors are willing participants to the abuse. Most of them are often unaware that their patient is already abusing Xanax.

There are other ways Xanax abusers get their supply. The most common ways one can include:

  • There are some who get Xanax through their friends or acquaintances
  • Others get it by stealing from family or friends
  • Or by buying the drug from illicit sources, including street dealers, online suppliers and foreign markets (3)

Can You Get Addicted To Xanax?

There is a significant possibility of a user getting addicted to Xanax. Additionally, there is both the psychological component and physiological component to the addiction. There are some that may continuously seek the feeling of euphoria and marijuana-like high.

Physical dependence can affect a person by making it almost impossible to function properly without the drug. The longer you take Xanax, the more you risk developing a physical dependency on it. Knowing all its side effects will help you prevent abusing the drug in the future.

What Are The Possible Side Effects Of Overdose?

Xanax is a relatively safe drug when used correctly. However, there are instances where some adverse side effects may happen. This can occur more frequently if someone takes the drug not in accordance with a doctor’s prescription, or when abused.

The side effects of overdose include but are not limited to the following: (3)

  • Drowsiness
  • Irritability
  • Dizziness
  • Double/ Blurred vision
  • Headache
  • Insomnia
  • Swollen hands or feet
  • Nausea/Vomiting
  • Dry mouth or throat
  • Tremors
  • Confusion
  • Thoughts of harming oneself
  • Depression
  • Hostility
  • Hallucinations
  • Chest pain
  • Seizures

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HOW MUCH IS TOO MUCH? XANAX (ALPRAZOLAM) OVERDOSE. (n.d.) Retrieved August 11, 2017, from http://blackbearrehab.com/xanax-addiction/overdose/

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