What Is Xanax?
Xanax, which is a central nervous system depressant, falls in the benzodiazepine category of drugs. Common but manageable side effects of Xanax or alprazolam include vivid dreams, memory loss, drowsiness, irritability, sweating, dizziness, blurred vision, nausea & vomiting, stuffy nose, and more.
Xanax is the brand name for alprazolam, a prescription medication that is used to treat anxiety and panic disorders such as GAD (Generalized Anxiety Disorder) and PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder). Since many individuals struggle with anxiety and panic disorders, Xanax is the most commonly prescribed drug in the United States.
Why People Use Xanax
Doctors prescribe Xanax to individuals who could benefit from its relaxing and calming properties. Since this medication promotes relaxation, it helps calm the body and mind. If someone has trouble sleeping, experiences unpleasant thoughts, or struggles with muscle tension or spasms, they could benefit from Xanax as well. However, it is important to note that Xanax affects everyone differently and can become dangerous when misused or not taken according to dosage. Since taking a high dose of Xanax can be potentially fatal, doctors usually start prescribing it at low doses to see how the patient’s body handles the medication.
How To Take Xanax
Alprazolam comes in multiple forms. You may find Xanax in the form of a tablet, an extended release tablet, an orally disintegrating tablet, or a concentrated liquid solution. The liquid is typically administered with a dropper, whereas tablets are usually taken by mouth with or without food. Tablets should be swallowed whole with water and should not be chewed or crushed. However, individuals who misuse or abuse Xanax may take it in a different way.
Can You Snort Xanax?
While snorting Xanax is not recommended, it is definitely possible to do so. A Xanax tablet can be crushed into a powder and snorted. When snorted, Xanax may produce a mild high or euphoric sensation. But on the other hand, Xanax is less effective when snorted and may lead to more intensified or unpleasant side effects. Emergency medical care might be necessary if you experience seizures, memory loss, confusion, or blacking out.
Snorting Xanax can cause serious problems within the nasal passageway. If you snort any drugs, you may be at a higher risk for a more intense comedown and withdrawal symptoms. Additionally, snorting any type of medication that is made in pill form could lead to drug abuse or addiction issues.
Using Xanax Safely
Xanax can definitely be beneficial if it is used responsibly and according to prescription. This drug should not be snorted and should not be combined with any other depressants, including alcohol, or any other drugs. Tell your doctor if you have an allergic reaction or are taking any additional medications, including birth control. Also, alert your doctor if you experience any side effects of Xanax for more than three weeks. Withdrawal may occur if you suddenly stop taking Xanax.
Depending on how severe someone’s dependence on Xanax is, further detox and treatment may be necessary. If you have any questions about Xanax and why treatment is recommended to come off of Xanax, contact our team of substance abuse treatment specialists by calling 866-488-8684.