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Alprazolam Withdrawal

Alprazolam Withdrawal

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It is uncommon for a medical professional to truly have the expertise to navigate alprazolam withdrawal.

Even if alprazolam was correctly indicated during a time of demonstrable crisis, that does not mean that a person must endure a lifetime of being medicated. 

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Alternative to Meds Center has given expert help with alprazolam withdrawal for over 15 years now. We have published evidence showing our clients’ successes. We understand that the underlying issues, once discovered, can be addressed in much less toxic ways than simply numbing them with drugs. We find often there were medical conditions that were not spotted, or that perhaps the original factors contributing to the crisis have since shifted, or were diagnosed prematurely or could have been entirely misdiagnosed.

It is not at all necessary for alprazolam users to suffer dreadful symptoms of alprazolam withdrawal. Our program uses many clinically proven ways to reduce and soften or eliminate side effects. Alternative to Meds Center has shown that there are many non-drug-based ways where people can once again feel good, and enjoy being engaged in life, and without suffering from alprazolam side effects and lingering symptoms from alprazolam withdrawal.

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Alprazolam Withdrawal Success at Alternative to Meds Center

The practice of co-prescribing benzodiazepines with other CNS depressants is increasing globally, despite the high risks, leading many to opt for alprazolam withdrawal to escape what the British Medical Journal refers to as dangerous low-level care.1

We are proud to report that Alternative to Meds Center has achieved a stellar success rate for alprazolam withdrawal (brand name Xanax) that has been documented over many years.


Common Reasons Alprazolam is Prescribed

Alprazolam continues to be one of the most frequently prescribed medications for panic attacks, anxiety, and sleep.

Off-label uses are reportedly also common, for conditions like PMS, agoraphobia, ringing in the ears, depression, et al, as well as short term use, for example, during alcohol withdrawal to prevent seizures or other risks often associated with the first phase of drying out.
 


FDA WARNINGS: Benzodiazepines should not be taken for more than a few weeks, according to the FDA and other regulatory bodies due to the likelihood of developing dependence or becoming addicted. Additionally, any benzodiazepine taken concurrently with any other CNS depressant, such as opioid drugs, can be life-threatening due to extreme cumulative sedative effects and should be avoided wherever possible.2


Alprazolam Withdrawal Does Not Have to Be Dreadful

Compared to other benzodiazepines, alprazolam is one of the fastest-acting in its class and is also one of the riskiest benzo for dependence. Along with a short onset of action, it also has a short half-life. The receptors that the drugs act upon very quickly adjust to the presence of the drug. It is likely that these three characteristics create perfect storm conditions for addiction or dependence. In clinical trials, mice become dependent on this drug after only one week.4

Alprazolam withdrawal symptoms also tend to be more severe than most other benzodiazepines, likely due to the same reasons above. Following are some of the alprazolam withdrawal symptoms that are commonly reported: 

  • rebound insomnia, rebound anxiety 
  • worsened or more frequent panic attacks 
  • seizures
  • changes in blood pressure
  • rapid heart rate
  • dizziness
  • and many other potential reactions

Each person is unique and will experience differences in how they feel coming off alprazolam. Some adverse reactions may be mild, others may be more concerning. In any case, a slow and measured rate of withdrawal is recommended for benzodiazepines to reduce the harsh alprazolam withdrawal effects. Many alternatives to benzodiazepines are made available in the Alternative to Meds Program that can also reduce symptoms of alprazolam withdrawal.3 

Environmental Toxicity and Alprazolam Withdrawal 

At Alternative to Meds Center, we have found that testing for the presence of environmental toxins at the beginning of the withdrawal program allows a snapshot of what toxins are present in the body. These can be gently and effectively purged. Clearing the system of heavy metals, chemical residues and similar neurotoxic factors can have a profoundly positive effect right from the start. 

This typically results in improvements in sleep, appetite, energy and can have a significant stabilizing effect. This is a good point to begin the actual tapering process as the withdrawals will be considerably softened when done in this way. 

Find Out More About the Alprazolam Withdrawl Program at Alternative to Meds

We invite you to call us directly, so you can get more information on the processes used, as well as the expected length of time needed for in-patient treatment, and also regarding costs and insurance information that is important for treatment planning.  We will help you each step of the way.

If you have any questions at all about the alprazolam withdrawal treatment program at the center, want to learn more about our beautiful residential facility, or any other subjects, please reach out and we will be happy to take the time to provide you with the information you are looking for, whether for yourself or for a loved one. 

 


(1) The growing problem of co-treatment with opioids and benzodiazepines (Karaca-Mandic, Meara, Morden) published in March 2017 by the BMJ, accessed online February 3, 2020.

(2) FDA label Xanax (alprazolam) 

(3) Benzodiazepines and the alternatives (Harvard health) published in March 2014, accessed online February 3, 2020.

(4) A Review of Alprazolam Use, Misuse, and Withdrawal (Art-Daoud, Hamby, Sharma, Blevins) published in March 2018, accessed online February 3, 2020.



This content has been reviewed and approved by a licensed physician.

Dr. Samuel Lee

Dr. Samuel Lee is a board-certified psychiatrist, specializing in a spiritually-based mental health discipline and integrative approaches. He graduated with an MD at Loma Linda University School of Medicine and did a residency in psychiatry at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle. He has also been an inpatient adult psychiatrist at Kaweah Delta Mental Health Hospital and the primary attending geriatric psychiatrist at the Auerbach Inpatient Psychiatric Jewish Home Hospital. In addition, he served as the general adult outpatient psychiatrist at Kaiser Permanente.  He is board-certified in psychiatry and neurology and has a B.A. Magna Cum Laude in Religion from Pacific Union College. His specialty is in natural healing techniques that promote the body’s innate ability to heal itself.

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