Xanax Withdrawal Symptoms

in Drug Insights
Published Sep 16, 2021
xanax withdrawal symptoms

Xanax is a prescription drug that is used to treat panic and anxiety disorders. In some situations, it may be prescribed to treat depression and certain fears. However, it is frequently misused, illegally sold, and used by individuals who do not have a prescription for it. It is highly addictive and an individual dependent upon Xanax will often need in-patient treatment to detox. When an individual who is addicted to Xanax makes the decision to go through detox, they can expect to experience some unpleasant withdrawal side effects. Before undergoing detox, it is important to know what side effects to expect, what treatment is best, and what the detox process will be like. 

What is Xanax? 

Xanax is the brand name for the drug alprazolam and is within a drug class known as benzodiazepines. It comes either as a tablet, an extended-release tablet, or a liquid and should be taken orally. Xanax should be taken exactly as prescribed and at the same time each day. Some individuals can have a severe reaction to this drug and experience symptoms such as seizures, shortness of breath, confusion, problems with speech, and problems with balance. An individual should discontinue use and contact their primary care provider immediately if they experience any of these symptoms. 

Some people choose to use Xanax recreationally because of the euphoric high it can give them when taken in large doses. The way it will commonly get into the wrong hands is when one member of a friend group has a prescription for it and gives it or sells it to their friends. When an individual takes larger doses of Xanax than they are supposed to or use this drug in any other incorrect way, they will eventually build up a tolerance to it. When this happens, they will need to use more and more of the drug to experience the same effects. This increases the risk of serious health problems, overdose, and even death. 

What Are The Withdrawal Symptoms of Xanax?

When an individual goes from heavily using Xanax to not using it at all, they will begin to experience the symptoms of withdrawal pretty quickly, generally in around two days. These symptoms may continue for up to a month. How long these symptoms continue is dependent upon how much and how frequently the individual used Xanax, how long they used it, and what other substances, if any, they used along with it. 

Some of the most common symptoms of Xanax withdrawal include: 

  • Anxiety 
  • Depression
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Restlessness
  • Irritation or aggravation 
  • Trouble focusing 
  • Poor memory or forgetfulness 
  • Muscle aches and tension 
  • Tremors
  • Seizures 


Unfortunately, in some situations, an individual will experience a condition known as post-acute withdrawal syndrome or PAWS. When this occurs symptoms may persist over time or later rebound long after the individual has gone through detox. Sometimes it can be difficult to identify someone going through PAWS because their symptoms may be irregular or inconsistent. It is common for these symptoms to appear as intense anxiety problems. 

What is Xanax Detox Like?

Because Xanax detox can be very difficult and in some cases dangerous, it is best to go through the detox at an in-patient care facility where the patient will be monitored by professional staff members in the case of an emergency. The patient will also be given any medication they need during this time and will ultimately be more comfortable than if they tried to go through the detox process at home. Most important, in-patient detox is often more efficient and effective than detoxing at home. 

The detox process for Xanax will look different depending upon what type of facility the individual chooses to go to. At some facilities, a patient will be tapered off Xanax. This means that they will be given steadily smaller amounts of the drug over a period of time until the individual is no longer dependent on the drug. This is done to prevent seizures, psychotic reactions, and other possible dangers that could occur during withdrawal. 

At Gallus Medical Detox Centers, we utilize a different method of detox called the Gallus Method, which we believe is the safest and most effective method of detox. It also allows the patient to be as comfortable as possible. It includes an individualized treatment plan for each patient, a unique IV, and oral medication protocol approach, and an aftercare planning guide that can help ensure that the patient has every tool necessary to enjoy long-lasting recovery when they leave. 

Xanax is another name for the drug alprazolam which is in a drug class known as benzodiazepines. It is a very powerful drug that is frequently misused and can be highly addictive when not taken correctly. Some people choose to misuse Xanax for recreational purposes because of the euphoric high it can lead to when taken in high doses. When people gradually build up a tolerance to it, they face an increased risk of serious health problems, overdose, and death. During detox, an individual will often experience symptoms such as anxiety, restlessness, poor memory, and depression. Because detox for Xanax can lead to severe reactions, this process should be done in an in-patient care facility where the patient will be monitored. If you or someone you know is struggling with a substance use disorder, our team at Gallus Medical Detox Centers is here to help. Call us today at (866) 296-5242 to learn more about how we can help you.