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Xanax is a prescription drug among a class of drugs called benzodiazepines. It is sometimes prescribed in the generic form called Alprazolam. Xanax is used to treat patients with anxiety disorders, panic attacks and moderate depression. The drug has a sedative property that relaxes the patient. Depending on the condition, your doctor may tell you to take the drug up to 4 times a day. because the pill is short acting.
Signs that the drug is being abused is when the drug is being snorted or injected and when the patient takes the drug more than prescribed by their doctor. Another sign is when a person who isn't prescribed the drug starts taking it from friends or when it is being taken with other drugs and alcohol. Xanax can become physically and psychololgically addicting. The street term for people who are addicted is called Xannie poppers.
This drug is adminstered in the form of a pill that comes in different dosages. It is ingested orally, however it is reported that people have snorted and injected the drug.
Symptoms of withdrawal include: shaking hands, increased heart rate, insomnia, sweating, nausea, dizziness, headaches, irritability and anxiety.
Xanax is the most commonly misused benzodiazepines. According to the United States Department of Justice Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and the CSA, controlled substances are rated on a five-schedule system. Schedule 1 is the highest for the potential for abuse and dependency and Schedule V is the lowest. Xanax is rated as a Schedule IV. More than 5 million people have used Xanax at some point in their lives. It is estimated that 22,000 people have been admitted into the hospital for Xanax related emergencies.
Xanax is abused because of its calming feeling., especially if the person combines alcohol with it. I've heard of this drug being prescribed to help people sleep as well because it can initially make you tired.