Can Xanax Kill You?
If Xanax is taken alone and following a doctor’s guidelines, it will not kill a person. However, if dosage is increased with misuse, or accidentally, there is the potential for overdose. As a CNS depressant, Xanax causes a number of side effects including respiratory depression, which causes slowed or stopped breathing. If any substances, like alcohol for example, which are also CNS depressants are used with Xanax the risk for overdose and death increases significantly.
Though not as common, depression and suicidal ideation are potential side effects of Xanax use that can lead to increased risk of overdose and death. When Xanax is misused or usage suddenly stopped, the potential for negative side effects increases. There is significant risk for addiction with Xanax and this makes it difficult to stop without help. It’s important to discuss any issues with your medical provider or to seek professional help if you have not already.
Can Xanax Cause Depression?
Depression is a potential side effect. For this reason, doctors often prescribe antidepressants with benzodiazepines. Xanax is a fast-acting drug with a half-life, meaning it works quickly and leaves the body quickly. This makes it difficult to adjust without it, which is why suddenly stopping use is difficult and not recommended. Anyone with a legal prescription who wants to stop taking Xanax should do so with their doctor’s help and follow their instructions.
Xanax Recreational Use
As previously mentioned, the DEA found Xanax to be one of the top 3 prescription drugs diverted to the illicit market. Misuse and addiction can set in quickly, even when used properly. Further, many people want to experience the Xanax high – a euphoric, peaceful feeling. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA), “The number of substance abuse treatment admissions reporting both benzodiazepine and narcotic pain reliever abuse increased 569.7 percent from 5,032 admissions in 2000 to 33,701 in 2010…”
Unfortunately, benzos and opioids are frequently abused together, and even legally prescribed together, despite the significant danger the combination poses. With Xanax, it’s possible that a lot of people do need psychiatric help, whether they are using licitly or illicitly. It’s also possible a number of people use it recreationally to experience the Xanax high and do not believe they will become addicted. Furthermore, with illicit Xanax there is significant risk that they are cut with other substances, which increasingly includes fentanyl.
Treatment for Xanax Misuse and Addiction
Xanax abuse and addiction are unfortunately common. Part of that is the body quickly adjusts and it becomes difficult to stop taking it, especially if done so suddenly. It’s important for anyone with a prescription to taper off with a doctor’s help and guidance. For anyone using illicitly, they likely need professional help. Withdrawal symptoms can be severe which is what makes suddenly stopping so difficult. With illicit Xanax, there is significant potential to be cut with other dangerous substances. This increases the risk of addiction and overdose.