7 Fast Facts About Xanax Abuse

The National Center for Drug Abuse Statistics (NCDAS) estimates that more than 16 million American (6%) abuse prescriptions like Xanax every year. Some 4.8 million Americans use Benzodiazepines every year, with Xanax as one of the best-known brand names. 

What is Xanax®?

Xanax® is known as “xans” or “xannies.”  The Xanax generic name is Alprazolam, and there are more than 13 companies that produce the generic versions. It is prescribed by doctors to treat panic disorders and anxiety, with Xanax bars being the most common form. 

The Xanax® side effects can include dizziness, grogginess, insomnia, impaired memory, confusion, poor coordination, and lack of balance. 

What Are Common Street Names of Xanax®?

Common street names of Xanax® include Xannies/Zannies, Z-Bars/Zanbars/Xanbars, Handlebars, Blue Footballs, Bicycle Parts, School Bus, Totem Poles, White Girls, Planks, Bars, Benzos, and Upjohns.  When you seek out benzodiazepines on the street, you could experience even more serious side effects. 

There’s no way to know what you’re getting from the street dealer. The street drug could contain fentanyl and other dangerous substances. The formulation is not regulated, so it’s more difficult to determine how much you should take or when. 

How Does Ativan® vs Xanax® Compare? What Are the Differences? 

Xanax® and Ativan® are both benzodiazepines. Doctors prescribe both prescription drugs to treat anxiety, with equal efficacy. While Xanax takes effect more quickly, the effects don’t last as long when compared with Ativan. 

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What Does Xanax® Withdrawal Look Like? 

The Xanax® withdrawal symptoms can feel achy and uncomfortable like the flu. You could experience chills, vomiting, and even sweats. Some of the more dangerous Xanax side effects of withdrawal include panic attacks, anxiety, nausea, trembling, and heart palpitations. 

What Are Overdose Symptoms of Xanax®?

Xanax® overdose can happen any time you take it in a dosage and/or frequency that is not prescribed by your doctor. The general symptoms of Xanax overdose can include loss of balance, clumsiness, confusion, drowsiness, or even breathing difficulties. 

How Long Does Xanax® Stay in Your System?

The effects of Xanax can last 1-2 hours, with extended-release versions available. How long does Xanax last? Xanax can stay in your system for 2-4 days, but the effects can last much longer depending on the dosage, your health, and other factors. 

What is the Prevalence of Xanax® Abuse?

 Xanax® is highly addictive, particularly because of how effective it is to treat anxiety but also because of the frequency that doctors prescribe it. It’s the 5th bestselling prescription medication in the US. Some 125,000 people end up in the emergency room due to complications related to their use of Xanax. Then, too, 86% of people seek treatment for their Xanax use as a secondary drug. 

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