Alprazolam Withdrawal Symptoms

Alprazolam Withdrawal Symptoms

Alprazolam withdrawal symptoms occur after as little as a two-week prescription. Discontinuation syndrome for alprazolam characterizes itself by a set of reactions, some of which can be life-threatening. 


For this reason, physicians and caregivers should most often recommend carefully supervised withdrawal protocols, especially if the person took the drug over a considerable length of time. The intricate biochemistry of the body needs time and specialized treatment to adjust to cessation safely. The FDA recommends, as for all diazepine drugs, to taper gradually, rather than stop all at once, to lessen the risks involved.  

The most common side effects include: 

  • depression
  • anxiety
  • panic attacks
  • insomnia
  • irritability
  • tremors, shaking of the hands
  • headaches
  • nausea, dry heaves
  • heart palpitations
  • lack of concentration/focus
  • muscle aches 
  • joint stiffness
  • profuse sweating

Severe risks include: 

  • psychotic episodes
  • seizures
  • suicidality
  • altered perceptions/hallucinations

Important Drug Interactions With Alprazolam

Since the drug is a CNS (central nervous system) depressant, it slows the heart, breathing, circulation, motor controls, by dampening these responses. When combining other depressant type substances such as alcohol or opiates, the person is at higher risk of overdose, which can lead to respiratory failure, cardiac arrest, coma, or death. 

Post Withdrawal Symptoms 

After a person tapers from Alprazolam, specific symptoms can persist for weeks or months, such as: 

  • insomnia
  • anxiety
  • depression
  • fatigue
  • memory loss 
  • sensitivity to noise and other environmental stimuli

Holistic Treatment for Alprazolam Withdrawal Symptoms 

At the Alternative to Meds Center in Sedona, we offer a program of safe tapering from drugs such as Alprazolam, where we prepare the client for their taper before starting it. The first phase of treatment begins with a series of lab tests to determine several relevant factors, such as deficits in neurochemistry, the presence of toxic load,  deficiencies in vitamins, minerals, and other essential elements. Once these are known, we flood the body with the nutrients found to be missing, and this allows the body to begin to normalize. The toxins found in the body can include heavy metals, chemicals from cleaning materials, environmental air and water pollutants, food additives, pesticides, and many more. 

Several techniques are used to purge the toxins from the system including low-temperature sauna, chelation, mineral baths, foot baths, and many other methods. Removal of the toxins allows the body to stabilize much more quickly because their presence was previously causing or augmenting imbalances within the person's neurochemistry.

After removal of accumulated toxins is complete, the drug taper process can begin. It is much easier on the client to withdraw after accomplishing these preparation steps. The nutritional support throughout the program also strongly supports a faster, more complete normalization after drug use. Many other therapeutic protocols are provided to aid and stabilize the person throughout the process, such as massage, targetted nutritional supplements, clean diet, trainer-led exercises, yoga stretching, gentle cranial sacral therapy, personal counseling, life coaching, art therapy, relaxation techniques, drug education and healthy neurochemistry classes, and many more. 

Find Out More 

We invite you to call the center at the number provided on this page, to find out more details about the taper programs offered at the Alternative to Meds Center. You will be able to speak with any of our knowledgeable staff so that you quickly get your questions fully answered. Ask us about insurance coverage as well, since we do take most private insurance. We look forward to your call, to find out more about how our residential program can help you or your loved one successfully resolve Alprazolam withdrawal symptoms. 


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