I think everyone has heard of Xanax (Alprazolam)from their friends or celebrity use. When people use Xanax, it is almost used as a sleeping pill rather than what it was designed for. Heard it being used on flights, before a sports event and simply when you need that good nights sleep. It is known as that calming prescription drug that everyone would like to use.
What is Xanax?
Xanax is from a drug class called benzodiazepine or benzos for short as I like to call them. Xanax is a type of psychoactive drug developed to treat anxiety, panic disorders and nausea due to chemotherapy. Somewhere along the line, it became effective for sleep disorders. This is where there is a large potential for Xanax abuse. It is in high demand because of how it works. Xanax begins to work fast (1 hour) and acts as a skeletal muscle relaxer, sedative, hypnotic and anticonvulsant all in one. You get the benefit of four drugs in one. Now you can understand why there are so many that have a Xanax addiction.
There are some other side effects other than addiction associated with this prescription drug. Lets begin with the easy ones such as dry mouth, hallucinations, skin rashes, sleepiness, constipation, amnesia and slurred speech. Then there have been cases where aggression, rage, twitches and tremors have been seen from use but it has been in rare cases.
The most important interaction to avoid is using this benzo with alcohol. Alot of people like to wash down Xanax with beer or hard liquors kind of like a chaser. This is one of the worst combinations that you can do. As you know, alcohol relaxes most people and so does Xanax. The problem becomes when you mix both and you increase the dosage as well as the amount of alcohol, you can become comatosed. You become so relaxed that your body shuts down and you overdose and die. One has to be careful with benzodiazepines and alcohol. I will provide you a benzodiazepines list so you can be careful when drinking.
This list of benzodiazepines will provide you as a resource of what to watch out for. These classes of drugs act quickly but stay in your body for a little longer than desired. So the next time you want to try and sleep, avoid prescription drugs. Just turn off the television/computer, exercise and keep the room dark and your body should be able to get some sleep.
Have you used Xanax on airline flights?