There are a few signs and symptoms that may present themselves when a person is abusing Xanax. Some of the signs that show up in people that abuse Xanax often show up for other reasons as well, and may not automatically mean that a person is abusing Xanax.
Signs of Xanax Abuse
- Appearing extremely drowsy most of the time
- Sleeping for long periods of time at inappropriate hours
- Reduced cognitive function
- Slurred speech
- Muscle weakness
The symptoms listed above are the most obvious symptoms. These are the symptoms that other people tend to notice in the individual before more serious symptoms may present themselves.
Running Out of a Prescription Early
One of the tell-tale signs that a person has started to abuse Xanax is running out of their prescription early. People will often run out of their prescription for Xanax early because they have started taking more than they are prescribed. If a person is running out of their Xanax prescription early, it is worth noting that they may be selling their prescription to other people. If you suspect that a person may be selling their Xanax prescription to other people, it is likely that they may be involved and parking in the use of other drugs as well.
Signs a Person is in Xanax Withdrawal
- Extreme paranoia
- Twitching in the arms and legs
These are the symptoms that will begin to present themselves if a person is withdrawing from Xanax. If you notice severe symptoms such as Seizures you need to call the person an ambulance right away so that they can get medical attention. The seizures that are produced from Xanax withdrawal have caused death and severe brain damage in people in the past. Mention to the medical staff that you suspect the person is in withdrawal from Xanax.
The Dangers of Xanax
Xanax is extremely dangerous when it is being abused. People that are abusing Xanax do not take the proper precautions and often end up accidentally putting their life at risk due to not understand how the drug works.
Many people that abuse Xanax are not aware of the fact that when mixed with alcohol, Xanax can become fatal. Alcohol and Xanax potentate one another, and even small amounts can lead to respiratory depression and death when the two are mixed with each other.
Xanax Abuse can Worsen Mental Health Conditions
Often times people will begin to abuse Xanax to get relief from the symptoms that come along with mental health disorders. People who use Xanax, for this reason, will often get temporary relief, and because of this, they think they are doing themselves a service.
However, overtime Xanax abuse can worsen mental health disorders. When people who have used Xanax, for this reason, decide to quit, they often report that their symptoms had become far worse than they were when they initially decided to use Xanax. Xanax abuse can often lead to symptoms that mimic clinical depression over time.