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What you need to know about Xanax:

Generic Name: Alprazolam
Therapeutic Class: Antianxiety
Popular Street Names: Xany, blue footballs, xanybars
Side Effects: hyperactivity, unusual risk-taking behavior, decreased inhibitions, agitation, hallucinations, seizure, muscle twitching, jaundice, drowsiness, amnesia, blurred vision, loss of interest in sex, dry or watery mouth, increased sweating

Xanax is a central nervous system depressant classified as a benzodiazepine. It is commonly prescribed to treat anxiety, panic disorders, insomnia, and acute stress reactions. Xanax produces a calming effect in the brain and helps the body relax. It produces sedation and can be used to induce sleep, relieve anxiety and prevent seizures.

While most people that take Xanax are prescribed the medication, Xanax is a high-risk drug for being abused and long-term use always leads to low-dose dependency.

Signs of Xanax abuse include:

  • Consuming a higher dosage than what is prescribed by your doctor
  • Using Xanax for a longer time period than prescribed
  • Taking it for non-medical purposes
  • Developing an increased tolerance for Xanax
  • Engaging in doctor shopping to get extra Xanax prescriptions
  • Forging prescriptions for Xanax
  • Experiencing Xanax withdrawal signs and symptoms when you don’t take it
  • Continued use of Xanax to avoid withdrawal
  • Auditory hallucinations
  • Demonstration of overall loss of control or obsessive compulsive drug seeking behavior
  • Continued Xanax abuse in spite of clearly adverse consequences


Signs of a Xanax overdose include:

  • Coma
  • Hypotension
  • Impaired motor functions
  • Respiratory depression and arrest
  • Mental confusion
  • Difficulty staying awake
  • Nausea

The use of Xanax for anything other than what it is prescribed for can have a variety of dangerous health consequences including overdose, toxic reactions, respiratory depression, hypertension, seizures, cardiovascular collapse and even death. It is for this reason that Xanax should not be stopped all at once. Instead, it should be reduced slowly in a medically supervised environment to ensure patient safety.

WARNING: Certain adverse clinical events, some life threatening, are a direct consequence of physical dependence to Xanax. These include a spectrum of withdrawal symptoms; the most important is seizure. 

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  • State of Florida
  • Certified by Broward County
  • “The Joint Commission” or TJC

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