Xanax is a common anti-anxiety medication that many doctors prescribe it for patients struggling with insomnia and mental health issues. Xanax is frequently sold as Alzam, Azor, Xanor and Zopax in South Africa as a prescribed medication.
Facts on anxiety, panic disorders medications
Xanax is a schedule 5 psychotropic medication classed as benzodiazepine used for anxiety, panic disorders. This elevated scheduling in South Africa means that all South African medical doctors prescribing or dispensing benzodiazepines like (Xanax, Alzam, Azor, Xanor and Zopax) which contain Alprazolam must maintain a national name registry record of prescription allocations as it is a controlled substance by law.
The reason for scheduling Alprazolam, Alzam, Azor, Xanor and Zopax and other benzodiazepines is due to the fact that psychotropic drugs like Xanax can affect on the chemical makeup of the brain and nervous system and are capable of influencing your emotions, mind and moods, or perceptions.
Psychotropic compounds like Alprazolam has tolerance factors that can lead to “addiction” (even if used as directed) and may dull cognitive functioning. Consequently, Xanax should only be administered as suggested by your medical professional.
Combining Xanax with other alcohol or drugs has a significant potential to cause chain reactions that increase the chances of an overdose or even death.
What does Xanax do?
Xanax attaches to receptors in your nervous system and brain. This boosts the activity of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) chemicals. This can produce a deactivated effect. Alprazolam is a central nervous system (CNS) depressant and it can be prescribed for its sedative effects on people.
In that, the function of Xanax suppresses your nervous system and you can enter a more relaxed state of being. This de-activated state is the key motivation for the overuse of Xanax for many people that live in untreated or ongoing states of anxiety or stress in their life that are the root causation of the anxiety, panic disorders symptoms.
Unfortunately, it will not take the mind long to figure out that medications work in diminishing many anxieties, panic disorders symptoms. This is why so many individuals become dependent on Xanax even using it as directed by your medical professional. The tolerance to and withdrawal from Alprazolam establishes quite fast thus so does the drive for increasing the recommended dose beyond that of the prescription.
Xanax is used to help treat anxiety, panic disorders
Many people that struggle with anxiety, panic disorders can find short to medium term relief in Alprazolam (Xanax, Alzam, Azor, Xanor and Zopax) prescriptions. In most scenarios, benzodiazepines like Xanax are only a temporary solution that should be employed in conjunction with talk therapy and lifestyle adjustments to address the underlying causes of anxiety, panic disorders conditions. This may include changes to your mental health, diet and sleep.
Xanax is taken orally in a suspension or tablet form. Many benzodiazepines are available in two delivery options, immediate-release and extended-release. Generally, Xanax will stay in your body for up to 10 days or five “half-lives” to metabolise Alprazolam from the body. Short-acting benzodiazepines maintain a short half-life meaning that they are processed faster by the body. Conversely, long-acting benzodiazepines take longer to be metabolised by the body.
Xanax Withdrawal and Detox
Even when used as prescribed, Xanax can cause emotional or physical addiction/dependence. When the addiction cycle begins, your body adapts and you will need to keep taking Xanax to prevent the withdrawal symptoms. Xanax can have a potentially dangerous withdrawal so you should never try to go “cold turkey” and should seek the advice of a professional before attempting to withdrawal from Xanax. Depending on how much Xanax you have been taking, abrupt withdrawal can spark a coma, seizure, and other potentially fatal scenarios.
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