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Alprazolam withdrawal help
ALPRAZOLAM is one of the most prescribed medications in the United States; approximately 15% of American adults have a bottle in their medicine cabinet. As a result, too many have become innocently addicted and escaping this dependence takes time.
ALPRAZOLAM binds to GABA (gamma-amino-butyric acid), which is the most common and calming neurotransmitter in the body, controlling the action of epinephrine, norepinephrine and dopamine to prevent stress and regulate excitability. Paradoxical reactions to ALPRAZOLAM can include aggression, rage, hostility, tremors, twitching, agitation, mania, hyperactivity and restlessness. Regular use of ALPRAZOLAM causes adaptive changes to the GABA receptors, making them less sensitive and unable to control excitability in the nervous system. As tolerance to ALPRAZOLAM occurs, the body needs a higher dosage to prevent anxiety.
ALPRAZOLAM, like all benzodiazepines, cannot be withdrawn rapidly. It must be slowly tapered yet many find that tapering slowly still causes horrific symptoms. We must sooth the fire on their nervous system, making the withdrawal process possible.
While the fear of recognizing you are dependent on a benzodiazepine can be overwhelming, please know there is a way out. You are not broken and you can heal. Our program has been used in 73 countries and our nonprofit was formed to help people like you.
Everyone at Point of Return has a story with these drugs but we have made the journey back to health and are here to help you do the same.
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Alprazolam abrupt discontinuation symptoms may include:
anxiety, blurred vision, decreased concentration, decreased mental clarity, depression, diarrhea, headache, heightened awareness of noise or bright lights, hot flushes, impaired sense of smell, insomnia, loss of appetite, loss of reality, muscle cramps, nervousness, rapid breathing, seizures, tingling sensation, tremor, twitching, weight loss
Alprazolam side effects may include:
abdominal discomfort, abnormal involuntary movement, agitation, allergies, anxiety, blurred vision, chest pain, confusion, constipation, decreased or increased sex drive, depression, diarrhea, difficult urination, dream abnormalities, drowsiness, dry mouth, fainting, fatigue, fluid retention, headache, hyperventilation (too frequent or too deep breathing), inability to fall asleep, increase or decrease in appetite, increased or decreased salivation, impaired memory, irritability, lack of or decreased coordination, light-headedness, low blood pressure, menstrual problems, muscular twitching, nausea and vomiting, nervousness, painful menstruation, palpitations, rapid heartbeat, rash, restlessness, ringing in the ears, sedation, sexual dysfunction, skin inflammation, speech difficulties, stiffness, stuffy nose, sweating, tiredness/sleepiness, tremors, upper respiratory infections, weakness, or weight gain, Abnormal muscle tone, arm or leg pain, concentration difficulties, dizziness, double vision, fear, hallucinations, hot flushes, inability to control urination or bowel movements, infection, itching, joint pain, loss of appetite, muscle cramps, muscle plasticity, rage, seizures, shortness of breath, sleep disturbances, slurred speech, stimulation, talkativeness, taste alterations, temporary memory loss, tingling or pins and needles, uninhibited behavior, urine retention, weakness in muscle and bone, yellow eyes and skin
Alprazolam Withdrawal Symptoms May Include:
abdominal pains, aching, agoraphobia, anxiety, blurred vision, body vibrations, changes in perception, diarrhea, distended abdomen, feeling of unreality, flu-like symptoms, flatulence, food cravings, hair loss, heart palpitations, heavy limbs, increased allergies, increased sense of smell, insomnia, lethargy, loss of balance, metallic taste, muscle spasms, nightmares, panic attacks, paranoia, persistent & unpleasant memories, severe headaches, shaking, short term memory loss, sore mouth and tongue, sound & light sensitivity, speech difficulties, sweating, suicidal thoughts, tinnitus, unusually sensitive, fear
What is Alprazolam
(Xanax, Niravam, Xanor, Kalma, Tafil, Alprox, Frontal)
Alprazolam (Xanax) is a potent short-acting benzodiazepine that possesses anxiolytic (anti-anxiety), sedative, hypnotic, anticonvulsant and amnestic (loss of memory) properties. Alprazolam is the most misused benzodiazepine in the United States. Tolerance to the therapeutic effects can occur within a short period of time, and long term use is greater than 10-14 days, necessitating higher levels of Alprazolam to produce the calming effect. Physical dependence commonly occurs as a result of using Alprazolam and is characterized by withdrawal and rebound symptoms that necessitate a gradual reduction in dosage to minimize any withdrawal symptoms.
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