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What is Xanax?

Xanax is the brand name for alprazolam which belongs to the benzodiazepine class of drugs and is used to manage anxiety disorders and produce short-term relief from anxiety symptoms. Xanax is a short-acting anti-anxiety agent that has a rapid onset and relief of symptoms. Over 90% of the effects are achieved within the first hour with the onset of anxiety relief beginning 8-25 minutes after ingesting the drug. The stress and anxiety associated with everyday life doesn’t often require the usage of buy xanax online or other anxiolytics. Xanax can be addicting if taken in large quantities or for a long period of time.

Xanax produces its effects by binding to specific sites on GABA receptors (also called benzodiazepine receptors) in the brain, modulating the effects of GABA receptors and GABAergic neurons. Long-term usage of Xanax can cause changes in these benzodiazepine receptors which makes them less powerful and less sensitive to stimulation. Usage of Xanax can lead to the development of tolerance, physical dependence, and withdrawal symptoms with an attempt to reduce consumption. With the potentially dangerous withdrawal symptoms it is best that gradual dose reduction be enacted for individuals attempting to stop using Xanax.

There is a large risk for Xanax addiction and abuse by individuals who are prescribed Xanax and those who use it recreationally. The abuse potential for Xanax is largely due to its high potency, rapid-onset, and short-acting characteristics. It’s also likely that individuals who are addicted to Xanax are also abusing other substances, a condition called “poly-substance abuse.” Individuals who have a history of alcoholism or drug addiction have a higher rate of misuse of Xanax.

Some individuals who are addicted to “uppers” such as cocaine and methamphetamine often use Xanax to relieve the panic and distress associated with such stimulants. Others find that using Xanax along with alcohol or other opiate drugs enhance the effects of such drugs. Poly-substance abuse is dangerous as it can cause greater risks for overdose and other negative health consequences such as respiratory depression.

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