Xanax is a class of Benzodiazepine used for anxiety and panic attacks. Unlike Prozac, Paxil and many other drugs used to treat anxiety, it is not a selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitor (SSRI) and is not time released. The effects of it do not require multiple weeks of sustained use in order to come into effect. It is also intrinsically associated with a mild drowsiness and euphoria, rather than these being occasional side effects specific to the user. The following are risks associated with the abuse of Xanax and other drugs belonging to the benzodiazepine group.
- Excessive Drowsiness
Xanax is meant for daily use. For both anxiety and panic disorder the doses start out in sizes of less than one milligram, three times a day, and steadily increase to a total daily dosage of 4 to even 10 milligrams after assessment by a physician. This, of course, means that daily activities that entail danger such as driving or operating heavy machinery should be performed cautiously or avoided. In cases of abuse this drowsiness is an especially high risk.
Xanax is known to react with the antifungal drugs Sporanox or Nizoral and is not to be taken by people who have been diagnosed with narrow-angle glaucoma. If taken for uncontrolled recreational use, it is very likely that the user may not be aware of these reaction risks as no physician has been consulted to provide the medication’s potential complications.
- High Risk if Injected
Though a relatively rare practice, the drug can be injected. This poses a very dangerous risk to the circulatory system as Xanax
“is infusible, which means that at pH level of water which equals to 1.2 about 12 mg/ml, and at pH=7 about 40 microgram/ml cannot possibly dissolve, and that can cause arteries damage.”
Also, because Xanax is fusible with alcohol the presence of alcohol in the bloodstream with injection could even cause death.
- Use with Illegal Drugs as an Enhancer
Xanax is known to be used in conjunction with LSD, amphetamine, cocaine, MDMA, DXM, marijuana, and even heroin in order to enhance the effects. Though the drugs listed here tend to have higher associated risks and are more likely to trigger addiction, the inclusion of Xanax can increase the risk factors.
Xanax has a reputation for helping people deal with anxiety and panic disorders, but keep in mind these potential risks and never take more than recommended by a physician or in conjunction with other substances without a physician’s approval. Contact us for more information on Xanax and other anxiety/panic medications.