Alprazolam Withdrawal and Tapering Help

Alprazolam was first released by Upjohn Pharmaceutical (now Pfizer), in October of 1976 and became a blockbuster drug in the United States. The patent expired in September 1993 and Alprazolam was released in generic form in 1981. Currently Alprazolam is the most prescribed and most misused benzodiazepine on the U.S. market. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has classified Alprazolam as a schedule IV controlled substance, meaning it has dependence and addiction potential. All benzodiazepines are schedule IV drugs. The pharmacological properties of Alprazolam that include high affinity binding to the GABA receptor; high potency, short half-life and rapid onset of action all contribute to the misuse or addiction potential.

A study conducted by SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Association) found that 35% of drug-related visits to the emergency room were due to benzodiazepines, including Alprazolam.

Alprazolam has a fast onset of action with 90% of the peak effect achieved within the first hour. The time-released formation reaches full peak effect in approximately 1-1/2 hours. This short action also contributes to issues of tolerance, where the calming effect diminishes within shorter periods of time. For some, tolerance can occur within a couple of days, necessitating a dosage increase.

Alprazolam binds to GABA (gamma-amino-butyric acid), the most calming neurotransmitter of the human body. As the GABA receptors are modified and down-regulated, breakthrough anxiety, fear, pain and insomnia increase and a higher dose of Alprazolam is required to control the symptoms. Unfortunately this pattern will continue with each dosage increase, further deepening the addiction. Alprazolam is recommended for short-term or intermittent use but too many use it on a daily basis for months or years.

Rapid withdrawal of Alprazolam can lead to the under activity of GABA which in turn causes the nervous system to become hyper-excited. Insomnia and extreme anxiety are common during a rapid Alprazolam Withdrawal. Dreams may become more intense or strange nightmares can occur. Some may experience sudden, vivid memories combined with short-term memory or cognitive issues.

Benzodiazepines are arguably the most challenging pharmaceutical to stop. An abrupt or rapid withdrawal can be life-threatening due to the seizure and high blood pressure risk. Alprazolam must be tapered slowly to minimize withdrawal symptoms, yet many find a slow taper too challenging and need relief from the symptoms.

This is why our program uses calming all-natural nutraceuticals to help ease the Alprazolam withdrawal. If you or a loved one is struggling with Alprazolam addiction, our nonprofit can help. Recovering from Alprazolam dependence is possible, as is restoring natural GABA levels to the nervous system.

Our team of experts utilizes slow titration schedules combined with calming Nutraceuticals to help ease Alprazolam withdrawal symptoms. We have helped people in 73 countries over the last 11 years and we can also help you.

How Point of Return can Help You

The Point of Return Program is an in-home tapering program that allows you to gradually lessen the amount of Alprazolam while also implementing the use of all-natural, calming nutraceuticals to help ease symptoms.  Alprazolam is dangerous to abruptly or rapidly stop and our program is a proven, viable, low-cost option to continue living your life while tapering.

We are prescription drug experts that specialize in Benzodiazepine withdrawals.

How Our Alprazolam Withdrawal Program Works:

  • Personal experience with Alprazolam withdrawal brings a compassion to our guidance.
  • Specially developed nutraceuticals allow a natural approach to help minimize troubling Alprazolam withdrawal symptoms.
  • Interaction items are outlined so additional Alprazolam withdrawal symptoms can be avoided..
  • Alprazolam tapering does not have to be frightening. We taper slowly while supporting the body.
  • Escape Alprazolam dependency and begin regaining your life today.

  • If you would like assistance to taper Alprazolam please send our nonprofit a confidential inquiry, telephone tollfree 866.605.2333 or get started on our program today.

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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

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

Other Names for Alprazolam are: (Xanax, Niravam, Xanor, Kalma, Tafil, Alprox, Frontal)

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