Are you worried that you, or someone you care about, might be taking or abusing Xanax to get high rather than for appropriate medical reasons?
- Xanax is the most commonly prescribed mental health drug in the United States
The fact that Xanax is the most prescribed mental health drug in the U.S. makes it relatively easy to get both through a pharmacy and off the street. That’s led to more and more people looking for information on Xanax use, as well as record-high levels of Xanax addiction throughout the country.
You might even be curious about snorting Xanax, or finding out what happens if Xanax is combined with other drugs or alcohol. To help you understand Xanax abuse, we’ve prepared a quick list of answers to your questions about this.
If you’re looking for answers to questions like these, chances are good you already know that Xanax, also known by it’s generic name “alprazolam” ranks among the most commonly abused drugs in the U.S. today.
Taking Xanax To Get High
Xanax is a potent, fast-acting prescription drug that’s used to treat panic, anxiety and sleep disorders.
Because Xanax is a sedative that works by slowing down the central nervous system, users rarely experience any sort of euphoric ‘high’ from it, even when taken in large doses. People who chase a Xanax high often become extremely sedated, and might even pass out.
The amount of Xanax a user needs to take to feel drowsy, loose coordination, and even loose consciousness depends on a number of variables, such as the age and weight of the user, how long they’ve been taking Xanax for, and whether or not the person is mixing Xanax with alcohol or other drugs.
While Xanax, like all benzodiazepines are believed to be relatively ‘safe’ for recreational users, it is certainly possible to OD on Xanax.
- In fact, Michael Jackson was taking large quantities of Xanax right up until his death, which was officially deemed to be caused by acute propofol and (Xanax) intoxication.
How Long It Can Last
When taken orally, the effects of Xanax can usually be felt within 30-45 minutes, and it reaches peak levels in the bloodstream within about two hours.
- Most users report that the sedative effects begin to wear off within about four hours, however, it can take anywhere from 12 to 72 hours for a single dose to be completely eliminated from the body.
Recreational Xanax users often need to take large doses every few hours to sustain the sedative effect of the drug, and once they’re addicted, coming off Xanax can lead to depression, insomnia, anxiety and other uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms.
Technically speaking, yes, you can smoke Xanax. Given the fact that Xanax is already a fast-acting drug when taken orally and that heating up Xanax can actually reduce the sedative effects of any, users rarely smoke Xanax.
Just like with smoking Xanax, snorting Xanax can actually make it less effective because it’s not water soluble, which means it’s not well absorbed through the mucus membranes in the nose. Users who try to get high by snorting Xanax are at an increased risk of both overdosing, and causing serious damage to their nasal passages. The same is true with injecting Xanax.
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