Anti Anxiety

Can Xanax/Alprazolam Cause Hallucinations?

25 Jan 2023

Xanax, a brand name for Alprazolam, is from a benzodiazepine family and central nervous system (CNS) depressant that may be prescribed for treating generalised anxiety and panic disorders. It works by enhancing the activity of GABA neurotransmitters.

 

While Alprazolam can be helpful if drug intake is according to therapeutic parameters, it may also be misused, which increases the risk of adverseeffects, including addiction, overdose, hallucinations, and rarely death.

 

Suppose you or someone you know uses Xanax. In that case, it’s essential to know the short and long-term effects of Alprazolam, the dangers of overdose and drug mixing.

 

What is a Hallucination?

A hallucination is a false perception of things or events involving your senses: sight, sound, smell, touch and taste. Hallucinations seem real, but they’re not. Chemical reactions and/or abnormalities in your brain cause hallucinations. 

 

How to Use it safely

The doctor will start you on a low dosage and gradually adjust it over time to reach the required dosage. For anxiety disorder, the typical dosage is 0.25 mg to 0.5 mg three times a day. For Panic disorder, the starting dosage is 0.5 mg tablet three times a day. Xanax has a rapid onset of action and makes you feel better in 20-60 minutes.

 

Consult your doctor if you find no improvement in a few days or if any new or worsening physical or psychological symptoms appear. Xanax is for the short-term relief of anxiety or panic attacks; long-term use may lead to addiction and severe withdrawal effects. Xanax may not work well if you take it longer; consult your physician if the drug stops working.

 

Start Xanax on a low dose, the minimum strength, if taking Xanax for the first time without any professional guidance. Use caution, increase your dosage carefully and self-monitor any side effects or allergic reactions. Gradually increase your dosage if you are confident that your body has been well-adapted to the drug. Do not overdose or misuse the drug, which may result in fatal consequences. Misuse, abuse, or addiction to Xanax is a growing epidemic.

 

Abuse, Misuse, or Dependence


Xanax is effective and safe at prescribed doses. It is not a long-term solution. It may become addictive and abused. The point of concern here is the addiction to Xanax. The use and abuse of benzodiazepines are increasing rapidly. Xanax is the most commonly prescribed drug; and the most abused one. Xanax and other benzodiazepines are drugs of abuse. The physical and behavioural signs of misuse are:

 

1.      Physical Signs


·         drowsiness

·         poor coordination

·         poor memory

 

2.      Behavioural Signs


·         taking Xanax without a prescription

·         hiding or lying about Xanax use

·         drug-seeking behaviour

·         purchasing Xanax illegally

·         obsessive or intrusive thoughts about using Xanax

 

Xanax exposes users to increased risks of abuse, misuse, and addiction, which leads to overdose or death. Physical dependence is a state that develops due to physiological adaptation in response to repeated drug use. Abuse and misuse of Xanax may involve greater doses than the maximum recommended dosage. It may also include using Xanax with alcohol or other substances, which results in severe adverse effects like respiratory depression, coma, and death.

 

Long-term use or abuse of Xanax may cause hallucinations. However, it is rare, but the possibility still exists.

 

Conclusion

Hallucination is a severe life-threatening side effect of Xanax. It is rare, but it may happen due to abuse or prolonged use of Xanax.