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Xanax Withdrawal Symptoms
Everyone’s experience with Xanax withdrawal may vary, but some of the symptoms that could occur during this time include:
- Depression or changes in mood
- Insomnia and sleep disturbances
- Irritation or agitation
- Problems concentrating
- Memory impairment
- Muscle aches and pain
Certain factors can play a role in the Xanax withdrawal symptoms someone experiences and the duration of withdrawal. The biggest factors are how long someone used Xanax and the amount they used. If someone used other substances in addition to Xanax, the withdrawal can be more intense. The same can be true if someone has a pre-existing or underlying mental or physical health conditions.
Xanax Detox in Orlando
Because of the severity of a Xanax detox, medical supervision is often recommended. When someone tries to learn how to detox from Xanax at home or explore Xanax withdrawal remedies on their own, there is an increased risk of complications.
Trying to detox without medical supervision can also be difficult and extremely uncomfortable, increasing the likelihood of a setback. During a Xanax detox program, a patient receives around-the-clock medical monitoring.
While there isn’t a selection of approved benzodiazepine withdrawal medications like there is for opioids, symptoms can be treated as they occur. A medical detox reduces the risk of relapse and increases the chance a person will remain in addiction treatment.
In the most severe cases of Xanax withdrawal, in addition to the risk of seizures, symptoms can mimic serious psychiatric conditions. For example, severe cases of benzodiazepine withdrawal may include symptoms of panic disorder or symptoms like what occurs with mania or schizophrenia.
Xanax Detox Timeline
The Xanax detox timeline refers to how long it takes the drug to leave the body. Everyone’s Xanax withdrawal timeline can vary depending on the amount they use and individual characteristics, but a general overview might include:
- A few hours after the last dose of Xanax is used is when people will typically start to experience symptoms. These early symptoms may be mild—for example, it can be like a cold.
- During the first 24 to 72 hours, the symptoms of Xanax withdrawal may peak and be most severe. During this time, a person may experience an elevated heart rate, changes in mood, insomnia, nausea and vomiting. A person may also be at the greatest risk of seizures during this time.
- After the first 72 hours, many people find that their symptoms start to get better, although they may still experience depression, anxiety or cravings.
- Some people may experience psychological withdrawal symptoms for weeks or months after discontinuation of Xanax. These symptoms can often be treated with medication.
If you or someone you know is struggling with a Xanax use disorder, help is available. At Orlando Recovery Center, a team of professionals provides comprehensive care from medically assisted detox to aftercare. Call and speak with a representative to learn more about which program could work for you.
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