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What to do in Case of Xanax Overdose



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Xanax is a commonly used tranqualizer that is type of benzodiazipine. Known by its generic name as alprazolam, Xanax must be used carefully and under the direct supervision of your doctor. The most common use for Xanax is short term control of anxiety or panic disorders. As with any medication, you must be careful not to take more than you are prescribed. If you should take an overdose of Xanax, either intentionally or by accident, you should call 911 or your doctor immediately.

Lets take a look at what can happen in the event of a Xanax overdose.

It is unlikely that you can take enough Xanax to die of an overdose, unless you mix the Xanax with other sedatives such as alcohol. This is not to say that it is safe in high doses - it's not.

The most serious side effects of Xanax to be aware of include: extreme drowsiness, confusion, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, loss of balance and coordination, fainting, and loss of consciousness.

Xanax makes you relax, so it can be difficult to tell the difference between the expected effects of the drug and dangerous levels of "relaxation" that edge more toward a serious overdose. A person who takes Xanax regularly will know when they have taken too much, but a person who is new to the medication may not be able to anticipate the effects as well. If you have any doubts about the effects of the drug, contact your doctor or local poison control center.

It should be noted that Xanax has the ability to become habit forming. It is not recomended to take Xanax for more than eight (8) weeks. Use longer than that, or in doses higher than 4mg per day put a person at very high risk for developing a dependency.

Suddenly stopping the use of Xanax can often lead to a rebound anxiety. You do not have to overdose to see this effect. Because of this, you should always follow your doctor's instructions for stopping your Xanax prescription.

Xanax is not recommended for women who are pregnant. If you suspect that you may be pregnant, call your doctor immediately. You do not have to take an high amount of Xanax for the medication to be potentially dangerous to the fetus.

There are many other aspects of Xanax that you should be aware of before starting a treatment with this drug. I mentioned alcohol before, but it's worth repeating - the combination of Xanax and alcohol can be fatal. If you take any other sedative in combination with Xanax, the reaction can be fatal. If you or anyone else is suspected of taking too much Xanax, with or without other chemicals, call 911 or your doctors office immediately.

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