What is Xanax 2mg ?
Xanax 2mg, formally know as alprazolam, is a short-acting benzodiazepine, that is used to treat anxiety disorders including panic disorder. It is also used to help wean individuals from alcohol dependence in order to avoid alcohol withdrawal, which can lead to seizures.
Xanax 2mg Use
Xanax and other benzos are usually used for short-term or intermittent use – that is, they are used for brief periods or even started and stopped by the person taking them. This means they can be taken only when the symptoms of anxiety flare, rather than all the time.
Intermittent use of Xanax is possible because the half-life of alprazolam is only about 11-12 hours, according to the Federal Drug Administration’s drug information for Xanax. This means that the medicine can reach the brain and take effect very quickly.
This is part of the reason that it can be easily used intermittently, but it is also part of the reason that Xanax can so easily become addictive. The drug reaches and acts on the brain very quickly.
Signs of Addiction
The biggest signs of addiction to Xanax 2mg or other benzos include a desire to continue increasing dosage and an inability to stop taking the medication without experiencing extreme withdrawal symptoms. For someone who is concerned that a loved one may be addicted to benzos, this might manifest in the person running out of the prescription early or hiding or stealing the drug.
According to a study from Addiction, the withdrawal symptoms that may occur if the person tries to stop use include:
- Digestive problems
- Weight loss
- Heart problems
- Panic attacks or increased anxiety
- Headaches and muscle pain
These symptoms can be extremely uncomfortable and often prevent the addicted person from wanting to stop use of the drug. On the other hand, if a person who is struggling with addiction to Xanax decides to stop taking the drug abruptly, these withdrawal symptoms can be extremely dangerous. As a result, medical detox is always required for cases of Xanax 2mg abuse and addiction. Others drugs like Farmapram 2mg can help also.
Side Effects Xanax 2mg
Xanax has many side effects, and the following should be reported to your doctor immediately in case you need further medical attention or need to discontinue taking Xanax (your doctor may be able to prescribe an alternative medication).
- Allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips or tongue
- Confusion and forgetfulness
- Difficulty sleeping
- Difficulty speaking
- Feeling faint or lightheaded, which increases the risk of falls
- Mood changes, including feeling overly excitable or aggressive
- Muscle cramps
- Trouble passing urine or changes in the amount of urine
- Feeling unusually weak or tired
People on Xanax also sometimes experience changes in appetite or sex drive. (You don’t have to tell your doctor about these side effects unless they are bothersome.) You should not drive or operate machinery until you know how Xanax affects you.