What is Xanax?
Xanax is prescribed to manage severe anxiety and is only recommended for people over 18. Benzodiazepines are only ever recommended for short-term use because of the risk of becoming physically dependent if used repeatedly. Xanax should not be used unless prescribed by a doctor.
What are the uses of Xanax?
Xanax is used recreationally for the feeling of relaxation or euphoric high it causes. It’s also used for coping with the comedown following the use of other drugs. Using it, for this reason, increases the risk of harm or adverse effects, as the other drugs might still be in your system.
Xanax acts very quickly but often the euphoric or high feeling passes quickly which can lead people to take more. Repeatedly using Xanax increases the likelihood of developing a tolerance, which can cause people to take higher volumes to get the same effect. This increases the risk of physical dependence and overdose.
What are the side effects of Xanax?
Xanax Mild Side Effects:
Most medications have at least some risk for unwanted side effects. In some cases, side effects are relatively mild, and might only result in slight discomfort or inconvenience; others might even resolve at some point, once the body acclimates somewhat to the presence of the drug.
Some relatively mild side effects from Xanax use may include:
Feeling of heaviness.
Dry mouth or increased salivation.
In some instances, side effects may develop when Xanax therapy is initiated, then fade over time as tolerance to some of the more subjective effects grows with continued use.
Xanax Severe Side Effects:
Often elicited in a dose-dependent manner, some of the potentially more severe side effects of Xanax include:
Profound decline in memory.
Ataxia/loss of coordination/unsteadiness.
Increased injury risk (e.g., from falls, accidents).
Paradoxical anxiety, excitement, and/or hyperactivity.
Respiratory depression/stopped breathing
Significant physiological dependence and corresponding increased risk of severe withdrawal reactions.
In addition to some of the more short-term effects,