Xanax Overdose and Toxicity

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Why Xanax Users Overdose

Xanax has the ability to alter the pathways within the brain and suppressing the central nervous system (CNS). The CNS is responsible for maintaining one’s blood pressure, heart rate, and temperature regulation. Xanax overdose eviscerates all necessary functions the CNS are responsible for become suppressed, increasing one’s risk for death.

With Xanax being such a highly addictive drug, it is not uncommon for abusers of the drug to potentially overdose on the drug by attempting to achieve an enhanced high. Abusers of Xanax are especially at high risk for an overdose if they do not swallow the pill whole. Crushing Xanax and snorting it instead of swallowing sends the drugs rapidly across the blood-brain barrier and into the bloodstream, which increases the risk of an overdose. The amount of Xanax needed for one to overdose varies across users, however it generally takes a significant amount of the drug being consumed for an individual to overdose. It is possible to overdose on Xanax during the first use of the drug, and it is especially likely to overdose on Xanax when the drug is used in combination with another substance. Overdose on Xanax is most common among those who have stopped using the drug then relapsed. Abusers who relapse back into using Xanax are at an increased risk for overdose due to their body no longer being tolerant of the amount drugs which were once consumed regularly.

 

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Symptoms of Xanax Overdose

Becoming familiar with the effects of Xanax and the symptoms of Xanax addiction may ultimately save your life, and stop an overdose from Xanax from occurring. By getting help before Xanax use disorders become chronic, causing permanent physical and psychological damage, users address the underlying causes of addiction and avoid the following symptoms incurred by a potentially fatal overdose.

Symptoms commonly found in individuals suffering from a Xanax overdose includes:

  • Severe drowsiness
  • Slowed/reduced reflexes
  • Slowed or shallow breathingXanax Overdose and Toxicity image
  • Low blood pressure
  • Impaired balance
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Loss of vision
  • Appearance of drunkenness
  • Forgetfulness
  • Complete loss of memory
  • Loss of concentration or inability to concentrate
  • Heart attack
  • Confusion
  • Fainting
  • Impaired coordination
  • Lightheadedness
  • Impaired judgement
  • Muscle weakness

Why Users Abuse Xanax

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Xanax overdose can occur in individuals who have been legitimately prescribed the drug and individuals who recreationally use the drug. Those suffering from chronic anxiety or paranoia often abuse Xanax in an attempt to quell their undeniable anxieties; however, continuing to abuse Xanax typically foments permanent anxiety disorders, cementing the exact opposite effect users are hoping to achieve.

An overdose on Xanax can lead to one going into a coma or death if not properly treated. If you suspect that you or a loved one’s Xanax use could potentially lead to a Xanax overdose, seek Xanax addiction treatment immediately! Xanax abuse and addiction are serious matters, however help is available. Here at Harbor Village we provide comprehensive treatment services for Xanax use problems such as Xanax abuse or addiction. You can recover your life from the detriments of Xanax misuse and  avoid overdosing by giving us a call today!

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