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A woman abuses Xanax.Xanax is a benzodiazepine and mood-altering drug that is used to treat anxiety disorders, especially generalized anxiety disorder, as well as other mental disorders (such as addiction and panic disorders). Because Xanax is mood-altering, it tends to have psychologically addictive side effects, especially when it is being used long-term. In the United States, Xanax is the top prescribed drug for psychiatric issues. Indeed, according to recent research, 3 out of 4 teenagers who suffer from Xanax addiction get it from their parent’s prescription.

Physical effects

Xanax isn’t very physically dangerous, initially. What makes it dangerous, though, is that people tend to develop a tolerance to Xanax very fast, which means that they need more and more to get the same effects. This can quickly spiral and snowball until a person is taking a dangerous amount. At this point, Xanax can cause severe stomach issues, and can contribute to lasting nausea, which is followed by vomiting. With further continued use, muscle issues will occur, including muscle tremors.

Mental effects

Because Xanax is a psychiatric medication, most of the severe effects that it causes are mental and psychological. For example, people with Xanax addiction tend to suffer from memory problems, and can even develop amnesia over time. Because of the smooth pleasure and relaxation that Xanax causes in the brain, lasting confusion can also develop with continued usage. Once the brain gets used to Xanax and develops a tolerance, then users will begin to feel anxious and irritable without the drug.

Get help for Xanax addiction

Another way that Xanax is dangerous has little to do with the actual medication, but with the culture of drug use. Because Xanax is a relatively mild drug, compared to many street substances, it is far too common that people get hooked and addicted to drugs like Xanax, but quickly turn to something stronger, and far more dangerous. For this reason, it is better to get help for Xanax addiction sooner, rather than later!