As a treatment for anxiety and panic, along with a myriad of other disorders, Xanax is marvelously effective. However, it is also known to cause a feeling of euphoria, especially when misused (such as taking more then the intended dose). As such, Xanax is classified as a “schedule 4 medication”, which means that it is a drug with a high probability for addiction and abuse, especially in patients who use online Xanax 1mg for too long. It can cause dependence, both physical and psychological, which in turn cause withdrawal upon cessation of use.
As a fast-acting drug that has a relatively brief half-life, people who stop using Xanax 1mg without tapering off and without medical supervision will begin to feel withdrawal symptoms in as little as eight hours. These withdrawal symptoms will reach their worst at around three to four days, but the lingering withdrawal symptoms can last for several months.
Just as with overdose symptoms and side effects, withdrawal symptoms include:
- Nausea, vomiting or diarrhea
- A sudden return of panic and/or anxiety
- Fever and/or chills
- Dizziness or fainting
- Sensitivity to light or sound
- Depression and/or anger
- Changes in personality or mood
- Trembling or shaking
- Difficulty sleeping or too much sleeping
However, unlike with side effects, a person who is withdrawing from Xanax 1mg will feel these symptoms more strongly than in the case of side effects, especially if abruptly stopping generic Xanax completely. In some cases, mostly with a past of Xanax abuse, increase symptoms such as altered mental status, convulsions or seizures have been known to occur. If you experience any of these withdrawal symptoms to any degree, contact your doctor immediately. In case of seizures or convulsions, contact 911 for immediate assistance.
Instead of simply stopping your Xanax, your doctor will more than likely taper you off of the medication very slowly and gradually, lowering your dose by approximately.25 to .5 mg every four to five days, or even slower as need dictates. If you begin to experience withdrawal symptoms, you will generally be reverted to the previous dosage amount by your doctor until your withdrawal symptoms cease and for long enough to allow the neurotransmitters in your brain to recognize the need for an increased amount of GABA, the neurotransmitter that controls sleep and relaxation that is often found lacking in patients with panic and anxiety disorders.
Your brain will compensate for the decreased Xanax dosage by increasing the amount of GABA in the brain, thereby further reducing the need for order Xanax and allowing your doctor once again to lower your dose little by little until you are completely off of Xanax 1mg. Not only is this helpful in tapering your Xanax down, but it also assists in helping you recognize withdrawal based panic disorder versus symptoms of genuine panic disorder.