How Long Does Adderall Stay in Your System?

How Long Does Adderall Stay in Your System? | Midwood Addiction

Adderall has a half-life of 9 to 14 hours, which means that, after this time, only about half of the drug remains in the body. Adderall will completely clear from a person’s system in 3 days. However, this can vary based on several factors.

Testing can be conducted using urine, hair, saliva, and blood. Detection times for Adderall varies depending on the source that is analyzed:

  • Urine, Adderall can be detected for up to 4-7 days.
  • Saliva, Adderall can be detected 20 minutes after use and up to 48 hours.
  • Hair, Adderall can be detected about one week after use and up to 90 days.
  • Blood, Adderall can be detected 12-24 hours after use and can be identified for 24 hours.

What Is Adderall?

Adderall is an amphetamine and central nervous system stimulant. It is commonly used to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), a condition in which people find it difficult to focus on a single task and may act impulsively. Individuals with ADHD use the medication daily on a fixed therapeutic regimen, and it induces a calming effect, allowing them to concentrate on tasks at hand.

Because it is a stimulant such as meth or cocaine, Adderall boosts dopamine in the brain, a neurotransmitter associated with pleasure, reward and attention. When stimulants are introduced into the body, they increase the amount of dopamine, but they also impair the body’s ability to make its own dopamine after extended use and can cause many side effects.

How Is Adderall Misused?

Like many psychoactive drugs, Adderall can be misused and become addictive. When used in a way other than as directed, Adderall can rapidly increase the amount of dopamine in the brain and produce feelings of euphoria. To continue achieving this effect, the amount of medication used must be increased over time as the brain adjusts to the drug’s presence and reduces its response accordingly (tolerance). This effect can initiate a cycle of abusing Adderall that eventually results in full-blown physiological dependence.

Factors that Influence How Long Adderall Stays in Your System

  • Body Composition

Body composition can influence the length of time it takes for a person’s body to eliminate Adderall. Height, weight, body fat percentage and muscle mass all play a part in this timeline. Surprisingly, a person with low muscle mass and high body fat will probably clear Adderall faster than someone with high muscle mass and less fat, because having more muscle means an individual has more water in their body. Because the ingredients of Adderall are hydrophilic (having a tendency to mix with or dissolve in water) this allows it to circulate in the body for a longer period.

  •  pH Levels

The pH levels in the urinary and gastrointestinal tracts may influence how long Adderall remains in the system. If a person has a high pH level, the kidneys will take longer to process Adderall. Those will a lower pH level are likely to eliminate the drug more rapidly because the drug is able to remain in a hydrophilic state. These levels may be affected by the consumption of food and drinks.

  • Food Intake

Food consumption can affect how rapidly the body is able to eliminate Adderall. When food is in the system, the body will be working to breakdown the food as well as the medication, meaning it may take longer to complete both processes.

  • Organ Function

Organs such as the liver and kidneys play a vital role in ridding the body of many potentially toxic substances, including Adderall. When an organ does not function optimally, these metabolic processes are slowed. If kidney function or liver function is not normal, the drug may stay in the system longer than it should—or even be recirculated.

  • Dosage Amount

The drug dosage can also significantly affect how long it takes to clear the system. The more Adderall someone has consumed, the longer it will take for the body to eliminate it since there is more of the drug in the system to metabolize.

  • Frequency of Use

The bodies of those who have been using Adderall regularly for an extended period will probably take longer to clear it in comparison to persons who have only used the drug occasionally. When the drug is used daily, it can accumulate in the body, and, in turn, it will take the body longer to break down all of the drugs in the system.

Treatment for Adderall Abuse

The longer a person has been misusing Adderall, the more intense an addiction can become. Withdrawal symptoms that manifest shortly after discontinuing can make it very difficult for users to quit on their own.

Fortunately, Adderall abuse and addiction is very treatable, and there are many effective options available. Midwood Addiction Treatment offers a comprehensive approach to substance abuse that includes behavioral therapy, counseling, group support, aftercare planning, and much more.

If you need help overcoming an addiction to Adderall, please contact us as soon as possible. Discover how we can help you free yourself from the chains of addiction and recover for life!

Our Approach To Addiction Treatment
We provide a comprehensive, holistic method to treatment, encompassing a wide array of different evidence-based practices in combination. All of Midwood Addiction Treatment’s primary therapists are either licensed or master’s level clinicians.

Our programs are structured with various components of evidence-based treatment practices and holistic approaches to treatment that provide our patients with the knowledge and tools they need to be successful in their recovery.

If you or your loved one is suffering from substance abuse, please seek help as soon as possible.

Call us now to learn about our treatment options.

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What Is Carfentanil?

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What Is Carfentanil? – Carfentanil is a synthetic opioid comparable in effect to heroin, but it is, incredibly, up to 5,000 times more powerful. It is an analog of fentanyl, another potent painkiller used to treat severe pain and in hospital settings for general anesthesia.

Unlike fentanyl, however, carfentanil is not approved for use in humans. In fact, it is only commercially used to sedate very large animals, such as elephants.

Carfentanil was developed in the 1970s by scientists at Janssen Pharmaceuticals. It is currently classified as a Schedule II substance by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

Carfentanil is so powerful that those who handle it are required to wear protective clothing to avoid incidental skin contact. Indeed, human exposure to even a minuscule amount can easily prove fatal. Carfentanil has been related to hundreds of overdose deaths in the U.S. in recent years, due to dealers combining it with heroin and other drugs.

Of note, it is possible for a person to build a tolerance to opioids high enough to sustain the use of carfentanil. However, most who ingest it are unaware that this lethal substance has been mixed with or substituted for their drug of choice. The presence of carfentanil in illicit street drugs such as heroin and cocaine is an increasingly worrisome problem.

Side Effects of Carfentanil

Due to its potency, the most common and tragic effect of carfentanil use is death. Those who use carfentanil and do not die will encounter effects similar to those associated with heroin or fentanyl.

Besides a brief euphoric high and sedation, side effects of carfentanil may include the following:

  • Runny nose
  • Dry mouth
  • Slurred speech
  • Restlessness
  • Insomnia
  • Excessive sweating
  • Anxiety
  • Muscle aches
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Abdominal cramps
  • Constipation
  • Depression
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Impaired memory
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Unresponsiveness
  • Depressed respiration
Street Names for Carfentanil
  • Apache
  • China White
  • China Girl
  • Drop Dead
  • Gray Death
  • Goodfella
  • Serial Killer
  • Tango and Cash
  • TNT

Carfentanil Addiction

What Is Carfentanil? | Midwood Addiction Treatment

Carfentanil has a high potential for addiction when used. Addiction is hallmarked by tolerance and dependence, two conditions that develop over time with abuse.

Tolerance occurs because, with regular abuse, the brain stops responding as intensely at it once did—repeated exposure = diminished response. As a result of this reduction in effects, users are forced to consume an increasing amount of the substance to achieve the desired experience. For this reason, those who develop a high tolerance are also at a much greater risk of overdose and death.

Dependence occurs when the brain becomes used to the presence of a drug. When this happens, it can no longer function normally without it, and highly unpleasant withdrawal symptoms onset when the person tries to quit. These withdrawal symptoms are not usually deadly, but in the most extreme cases, they can be.

Addiction also leads to many adverse behaviors that reflect its true nature. These include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Compulsive drug-seeking behavior despite the incurrence of adverse consequences
  • Stealing or borrowing money to support one’s habit
  • Neglect of important obligations associated with work, school, or family
  • Engaging in drug-related criminal activity and encountering legal issues as a result
  • Financial problems
  • Family conflict and interpersonal problems

Overdose

A carfentanil overdose can only be effectively treated with Narcan (naloxone). This remedy is an opioid antagonist that reverses the drug’s effects and halts life-threatening central nervous system depression.

Signs of an overdose may include the following:

  • Loss of consciousness
  • Unresponsiveness
  • Shallow or stopped breathing
  • Slow, erratic, or absent pulse
  • Pale or bluish skin and nails
  • Snore-like gurgling noise
  • Vomiting
  • Limpness
  • Clammy or cold skin

Treatment for Carfentanil Addiction

Midwood Addiction Treatment offers professional, evidence-based services for substance use disorders. Treatment for carfentanil abuse usually begins with a medically-supervised detox. During this process, the patient is monitored for several days to ensure his or her safety. Medications, such as Suboxone, can be administered to minimize withdrawal symptoms and ease drug cravings.

After completing detox, patients are encouraged to enroll in a comprehensive treatment program. During this time, they will receive corrective interventions, such as psychotherapy and counseling. Treatment also usually includes 12-step group meetings and holistic practices, such as yoga and meditation.

Many individuals begin treatment in our partial hospitalization program, then proceed to intensive outpatient treatment. Some reside at their private residence, and others choose to live at sober living homes while they visit our center several times a week to continue recovery.

After discharge, aftercare coordinators help the patient find other resources, such as counselors, psychiatrists, and group support programs.

Our Approach To Addiction Treatment
We provide a comprehensive, holistic method to treatment, encompassing a wide array of different evidence-based practices in combination. All of Midwood Addiction Treatment’s primary therapists are either licensed or master’s level clinicians.

Our programs are structured with various components of evidence-based treatment practices and holistic approaches to treatment that provide our patients with the knowledge and tools they need to be successful in their recovery.

If you or your loved one is suffering from substance abuse, please seek help as soon as possible.

Call us now to learn about our treatment options.

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What Are Opioids?

What Are Opioids?

Updated: 7-31-19

What are Opioids? Why are They So Dangerous? Opioids are synthetic drugs designed to replicate the effects of natural opiates (i.e., opium and morphine) from which they are partially derived. They are indicated to treat moderate-severe acute pain, such as after injuries and surgeries.

Types of Opioids
Opioids are commonly prescribed legally by health care providers and include, but are not limited to the following:

  • codeine
  • fentanyl (Actiq, Duragesic, etc.)
  • hydrocodone (Hysingla ER, Zohydro ER)
  • hydrocodone/acetaminophen (Norco, Vicodin)
  • hydromorphone (Dilaudid)
  • meperidine (Demerol)
  • methadone (Dolophine, Methadose)
  • morphine (MS Contin, Morphabond)
  • oxycodone (OxyContin)
  • oxycodone and acetaminophen (Percocet, Roxicet)

How Opioids Work?

Opioids are chemicals that contribute to pain relief by attaching themselves to corresponding receptors in the brain cells of animals. Once bonded, the cells transmit signals that stifle feelings of pain and increase feelings of well-being.

However, opioids alter one’s perception of pain more than they actually numb or block it. This effect can lead to increased sensitivity to pain, also known as opioid-induced hyperalgesia.

Other possible side effects and dangers of opioid abuse include:

  • Drowsiness
  • Heavy sedation
  • Dizziness
  • Blurred vision
  • Low blood pressure
  • Muscle fatigue
  • Heartburn
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Changes in appetite
  • Constipation
  • Skin rash

Tolerance, Dependency, and Addiction

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Opioids have a high potential for misuse, dependency, and overdose. Their psychoactive properties impact a number of neurotransmitters in the brain such as dopamine that produce euphoria and feelings of reward.

Signs and symptoms of opioid addiction include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Continued opioid use despite unwanted physical and psychological effects.
  • Lack of interest or enjoyment in activities once considered important.
  • The use of opioids in dangerous or inappropriate settings.
  • Negative changes or problems in other areas of life such as work, school, relationships, and financial status.
  • General malaise, lethargy, or sedation.

When used long-term (more than a few days) opioids can become addictive. Addiction is fueled by dependency (withdrawal symptoms upon discontinuation) and tolerance (increasing amounts of the drugs are needed to achieve the same effect.)

Dependency decreases one’s desire to quit or cut down, due to the unpleasant effects of withdrawal. The onset of withdrawal symptoms is a tell-tale sign that the user’s system has become compomised and less capable of functionally properly without the drug’s presence. These mental and physical symptoms often persist for several days after the user’s last dose.

Symptoms of opioid withdrawal may include but are not limited to the following:
  • Irritability
  • Mood swings
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Confusion
  • Appetite changes
  • Tremors
  • Enlarged pupils
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Sweating
  • Chills and shivering
  • Diarrhea
  • Rapid breathing
  • Muscle aches and pains
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Runny/stuffy nose
  • Fever
On the other hand, tolerance drives users to take higher doses, which can lead to potentially life-threatening central nervous system (CNS) depression, a condition characterized by slowed breathing and heart rate.

Also, when combined with the use of alcohol, benzodiazepines, or other CNS depressants, an opioid’s impact is exponentially greater than when used alone. The effects of other substances can be enhanced as well, meaning the risk of overdose and death is significantly higher.

Opioids and Overdose

Opioid misuse, especially in combination with other drugs or alcohol, can lead to life-threatening central nervous depression, overdose, and death.

Symptoms of an opioid overdose include:
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Lightheadedness
  • Dizziness
  • Restricted pupils
  • Low blood pressure
  • Pale, blue lips and nails
  • Limp body
  • Cold, clammy skin
  • Unresponsiveness
  • Unconsciousness
  • Respiratory distress
  • Seizures
  • Extremely slow heart rate
  • Respiratory depression
  • Coma and death

From Detox to Addiction Treatment and Beyond

Despite the dangers of opioid addiction, may who misuse prescription painkillers such as oxycodone downplay the seriousness of their condition. Refusal to seek help can result in chronic, life-threatening effects. Conversely, receiving treatment at any stage of addiction is absolutely crucial to long-term sobriety.

Detox

Treatment for opioid use disorder starts with our medical detox program, a process in which health care providers monitor patients around the clock and administer medication-assisted treatment (MAT) as needed to lessen cravings and mitigate the symptoms of withdrawal. MAT is a therapy that makes use of pharmaceutical drugs approved for the treatment of opioid use disorders, such as methadone and suboxone.

Upon discharge, most patients seek admission to one of our treatment programs, which include both inpatient and intensive outpatient therapy (IOP).

Treatment for Opioid Addiction

Persons who choose inpatient treatment stay reside in our center 24/7, ideally for 30 days or longer. Those who require more freedom due to school, work, or family responsibilities can opt for IOP treatment, a program that requires the attendance of several scheduled sessions per week while the patient lives independently outside of the center.

Why Seek Our Help?

Opioid use disorder is extremely hazardous and even life-threating. It is an incurable disease that is best treated through ongoing therapy, counseling, and support. Those who receive treatment are given the opportunity to regain control of their addiction and well-being while enjoying long-term sobriety – hopefully for the rest of their lives.

Our Approach To Addiction Treatment
We provide a comprehensive, holistic method to treatment, encompassing a wide array of different evidence-based practices in combination. All of Midwood Addiction Treatment’s primary therapists are either licensed or master’s level clinicians.

Our programs are structured with various components of evidence-based treatment practices and holistic approaches to treatment that provide our patients with the knowledge and tools they need to be successful in their recovery.

If you or your loved one is suffering from substance abuse, please seek help as soon as possible.

Call us now to learn about our treatment options.

888-MAT-1110

How Long Does Tramadol Stay in Your System?

How Long Does Tramadol Stay in Your System? | Midwood Addiction

How Long Does Tramadol Stay in Your System? – Tramadol is a prescription opioid sold under the brand name Ultram, among others. It is prescribed for the treatment of moderate-severe pain.

Tramadol can be identified in the body using the following tests:

  • Urine, which can detect use within two hours of use and up to 40 hours.
  • Hair follicles, which can detect use for up to 90 days, possibly longer.*
  • Saliva and blood, both of which can detect use for 24 hours.

*Duration is approximate. One study found tramadol in a person’s system after seven months.

The process of tramadol elimination begins in the liver, and it has a half-life of 5-6 hours. One metabolite created during this process has a longer half-life of 8 hours. A drug’s half-life is the amount of time it takes for a person’s system to clear half of the consumed substance.

Individual factors can affect how long tramadol and its metabolites remain in the system, including the following:

  • Age
  • Weight
  • Metabolic rate
  • Hydration levels
  • Amount used
  • Duration of use

How Is Tramadol Used?

Like other opioids, tramadol works by attaching to and activating opioid receptors in the brain and body. When tramadol binds to certain receptors, a person’s perception of pain is altered, and, as a result, the person experiences pain relief.

Tramadol is also a monoamine reuptake inhibitor, which means that it increases the availability of chemicals in the body that induce feelings of well-being, such as serotonin. This effect is thought to contribute to its effectiveness as a pain reliever.

The effects of immediate-release tramadol will be experienced for about 4–6 hours. Extended-release tramadol can produce effects that last for about 12-24 hours.

Is Tramadol Misused?

When used as prescribed, tramadol is a relatively safe and effective medication that can help people who experience pain. Abuse of this drug, however, increases the risk of dependence and addiction.

The non-medical use or abuse of tramadol is hazardous and can result in an overdose. Abuse includes using tramadol more often, in higher doses, or for longer than directed. It also includes tampering with tramadol, such as crushing pills and snorting the residue.

Tramadol may also be a product of drug diversion. Moreover, a person may receive the drug from friends or relatives and use it without a prescription. It may also be purchased on the black market.

The Food and Drug Administration includes a warning label on tramadol packaging. It states that it has a potential for abuse and that use of this medication can lead to physical and psychological dependence. There is a higher risk of this occurring for those who have a history of substance abuse.

Overdose

One of the most dangerous risks of abuse is an overdose, which can be lethal. Symptoms of a tramadol overdose include the following:

  • Seizures
  • Constricted pupils
  • Uncontrollable vomiting
  • Low blood pressure
  • Slow heart rate
  • Cardiac arrest
  • Profoundly depressed breathing
  • Cold and clammy skin
  • Bluish tinted skin
  • Severe drowsiness
  • Stupor
  • Coma

The risk of a lethal overdose is increased if tramadol is used in combination with other depressant substances, such as alcohol, benzodiazepines, or other opioids. An overdose is a medical emergency. If you witness signs of an overdose in someone, call 911 immediately.

How Long Does Tramadol Stay in Your System? – Tramadol Detox

How Long Does Tramadol Stay in Your System? | Midwood Addiction

Withdrawal symptoms will onset after about 12 hours after last use. These will peak in intensity within 1­-3 days after the last use then recede by approximately one week.

Withdrawal symptoms can include the following:

  • Insomnia
  • Depression
  • Pupil dilation
  • Goosebumps
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Watery eyes
  • Runny nose
  • Muscle pain

Medical detox may be beneficial for those with a tramadol dependence. In a supervised environment, the person undergoing withdrawal is monitored for potential health complications and can receive emotional support. Medication-assisted treatment to reduce withdrawal symptoms, such as the administration of Suboxone, may be provided as well.

Getting Help for Tramadol Addiction

Fortunately, there are many treatment programs available to help those in need to navigate through the addiction recovery process. Midwood Addiction Treatment is a specialized rehab facility that offers treatment in both partial-hospitalization and outpatient formats.

Treatment is hallmarked by psychotherapy, counseling, and group support, and it may also include medication-assisted treatment. We also offer substance abuse education, health and wellness programs, and aftercare planning, among other services.

Co-occurring conditions, such as mental illness or chronic pain, can also be addressed in a rehab program. This integrated treatment is essential to reduce the likelihood of relapse and improves the overall physical and mental well-being of those in recovery.

Our team of caring addiction specialists is committed to ensuring that each client receives all of the tools they need to fully recover from addiction. We believe that every person deserves a chance to be happy, regardless of their past mistakes.

If you or someone you love is struggling with addiction to Tradamol, other drugs, or alcohol, contact us today!

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Methadone Withdrawal and Detox

Methadone Withdrawal and Detox | Midwood Addiction Treatment

Methadone Withdrawal and Detox – Methadone is a synthetic opioid used in medication-assisted treatment to help people quit the use of heroin or other opiates. It should be used as part of a comprehensive treatment program that also includes counseling and participation in social support programs.

When used as directed, methadone can relieve the symptoms of opioid withdrawal and decrease opioid cravings. Less commonly, methadone may be prescribed for pain management to those who have been unable to find relief with other opioids.

Although methadone can help a person overcome addictions to drugs like heroin, it also has the potential for abuse and addiction. Detractors of methadone use contend that it is essentially like trading one drug for another. However, the truth is that methadone is effective at reducing the harm done from more powerful opioids, as long as it is used correctly.

Becoming dependent is common with long term methadone use. If a person with a dependency stops using it, they will encounter unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. The best way to manage withdrawal is through a gradual reduction in dosage or professional detox treatment.

Methadone Withdrawal at Home

When a person abruptly stops using opiates, the withdrawal process isn’t usually life-threatening. However, if a person uses methadone in large amounts or over a prolonged period, stopping the use of this drug can result in severe symptoms. These include depression and suicidal thoughts, which are most safely managed in a clinical setting.

Attempting to withdraw from methadone at-home is not only uncomfortable but potentially dangerous. Detoxing from methadone abruptly or “cold turkey” is not recommended, especially if the person is a chronic and/or excessive user. Medical supervision can ease withdrawal symptoms, prevent relapse, and reduce the risk of suicidal thoughts.

Methadone Withdrawal Symptoms

Methadone Withdrawal and Detox | Midwood Addiction Treatment

Methadone withdrawal symptoms can onset within 30 hours of the last use. Withdrawal from methadone is slow and may last for a few weeks or longer.

Symptoms associated with methadone withdrawal include the following:

  • Anxiety or depression
  • Fatigue
  • Restlessness
  • Irritability
  • Accelerated heart rate
  • Sweating
  • Teary eyes or a runny nose
  • Chills
  • Excessive yawning
  • Insomnia
  • Muscle aches and pains
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Cramps
  • Diarrhea
  • Drug cravings

The first signs of methadone withdrawal are frequently described as flu-like symptoms.

Methadone Withdrawal Timeline

Within about 36 hours following the last dose of methadone, many people begin to encounter withdrawal symptoms. This process can take days to weeks. The first few days of withdrawal is referred to as the acute phase.

Early symptoms of withdrawal likely to onset include rapid heartbeat, chills, and cold sweats. Shortly thereafter, some of the most unpleasant withdrawal symptoms may also occur. These may consist of physical symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, body aches and pain, and increased anxiety. Most of the worst physical symptoms of withdrawal, such as nausea and vomiting, will have subsided after 7-10 days.

The stage after acute withdrawal is called post-acute withdrawal. Many of these symptoms are emotional and may include depression, anxiety, and irritability. Difficulty concentrating and fatigue are also effects likely to persist, as well as drug cravings.

Tapering

If a tapering process is used, a person who has used methadone for a long period will need a slower, more gradual weaning process. Shorter, less severe addictions may not need an extensive tapering process. Tapering is a method used to gradually reduce drug dosages to promote a more comfortable and safer withdrawal.

While withdrawal will depend on individual factors, there is a standard process for weaning off methadone. It is not recommended to reduce dosages faster than 5 mg of methadone per week. Many methadone taper program will use a dose reduction of 10% every two weeks.

How Long Does Methadone Withdrawal Last?

The length of withdrawal from methadone depends on several factors. These include the length of time used, size of the dosage, and the preferred method of consumption.

A person who uses methadone as directed for three months will likely encounter a relatively short withdrawal process. Conversely, a person who has been abusing methadone for a year or more will be more likely to experience a more intense, extended withdrawal period.

Medication-Assisted Treatment

Fortunately, there are several medications available that can ease the methadone withdrawal process.

Suboxone is a synthetic drug like methadone. Its use can decrease methadone withdrawal symptoms and reduce the length of the withdrawal process. It is designed to increase the comfort of patients during withdrawal, which in turn can decrease the risk of relapse.

Clonidine is another medication often used to reduce emotional symptoms that may occur during detox. Clonidine is approved for the treatment of high blood pressure, but it can also mitigate anxiety and agitation. It may also be helpful for physical symptoms like body aches and runny nose.

During the withdrawal process, Zofran is sometimes also used to treat physical symptoms such as nausea and vomiting. Managing these symptoms helps to avoid dehydration that could otherwise result from excessive vomiting.

Baclofen is a muscle relaxer that can be used to relieve muscle aches, pains, and spasms to make the patient more comfortable. By minimizing these symptoms, the patient is then more free to focus on the emotional aspects of detox and recovery.

Following detox, naltrexone may be prescribed to help patients continue with recovery. This medication reduces cravings and blocks the pleasurable effects of opioids.

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Methadone Overdose Symptoms

Those who are abusing methadone in high amounts face the potential for overdose. By some estimates, 5,000 overdose deaths occur each year as a result of methadone misuse. In 2014, methadone accounted for nearly one-fourth (23%) of all opioid-related deaths.

Methadone overdose often occurs because the drug stays in the body for a very long period. For this reason, those in treatment programs are only given a few doses per day. Accumulation of successive doses can have lethal consequences.

Signs of a methadone overdose include the following:

  • Low blood pressure
  • Very weak pulse
  • Cold, clammy skin
  • Blue lips and fingernails
  • Constricted/pinpoint pupils
  • Dizziness or sloppy behavior
  • Body spasms at irregular intervals
  • Absence of breathing or consciousness

A methadone overdose can result in profound central nervous system depression and death. If you witness someone overdosing on methadone, seek emergency medical help immediately.

Treatment for Methadone Addiction

Supervised withdrawal at a medical detox facility is the best way to ensure that the patient is supported and comfortable. By withdrawing from methadone in a clinical environment, people avoid the worst of the symptoms.

Often, other medications such as Suboxone can be used to treat opioid dependency. Addiction specialists can prescribe buprenorphine for people as they transition away from a methadone dependence. Buprenorphine is a partial opioid with much less potential for abuse.

Detox should be immediately followed by addiction treatment that features therapies essential for recovery, including the following:

Midwood Addiction Treatment offers comprehensive programs that provide clients with the tools and support they need to overcome addiction and prevent relapse. We believe that every person is entitled to receive the most effective treatment currently available.

If you or someone you love is struggling with the use of methadone, other drugs, or alcohol, contact us today! Discover how we help people who need it most break free from the cycle of addiction for good!

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Phentermine and Alcohol

Phentermine and Alcohol | Midwood Addiction Treatment

Are Phentermine and Alcohol Safe to Combine? – Phentermine (Adipex-P, Pro-Fast) is a weight loss agent prescribed by health providers to help their patients lose weight. It’s primarily used among those who are obese or who have medical conditions are related to being overweight.

Phentermine is in of a class of drugs known as sympathomimetic amines.

When a patient uses phentermine, the drug will activate the release of three hormones in their body: epinephrine, adrenaline, and norepinephrine. This action suppresses a person’s appetite, and therefore, they tend to eat less. It may also increase a person’s energy and activity levels.

Phentermine is classified by the FDA as a schedule IV controlled substance and is designed for short-term use. It’s generally only prescribed for people with a body mass index (BMI) of greater than 30.

Side effects of phentermine may include:

  • Decreased libido
  • Bowel movement issues
  • Dry mouth
  • False sense of well-being
  • Itching
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Skin redness and hives
  • Insomnia
  • Gastrointestinal issues
  • Heart palpitations
  • Hyperactivity
  • Tremors and restlessness

More severe side effects include dizziness, fainting, chest pain, accelerated heart rate, headache, numbness or tingling in the extremities, and breathing problems.

Phentermine and Alcohol Abuse

Even without combining it with alcohol, those who use phentermine may potentially abuse it or become addicted. It is a stimulant drug, and it can be used to produce a high, especially when it is used large doses. If a person takes phentermine more often or for longer than instructed, they can become dependent or addicted. They will then experience unwanted withdrawal symptoms when they try to quit.

Potentially severe phentermine withdrawal symptoms include the following:

  • Depression
  • High blood pressure
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Glaucoma
  • Memory loss
  • Heart failure
  • Cardiac arrest
  • Strokes
  • Seizures
  • Nerve damage

Phentermine and Alcohol | Midwood Addiction Treatment

NOTE: People with a prior history of drug or alcohol abuse are cautioned not to use phentermine.

Mixing Alcohol and Phentermine

Patients are generally advised against using alcohol and phentermine in conjunction with one another. The side effects of combining alcohol and phentermine are likely to be more severe than those of either substance used on its own. For example, phentermine side effects include dry mouth, nausea, sleep disturbances, and elevated heart rate and blood pressure. All of these can be made worse when the two substances are combined.

Moreover, because alcohol is known to irritate the stomach, gastrointestinal side effects are common amongst those who drink while taking phentermine. This action can lead to nausea, vomiting, stomach aches, and heartburn.

The manufacturers of phentermine caution that when consuming alcohol and phentermine, you may be at an increased risk of cardiovascular side effects, including chest pains and elevated blood pressure. Also, even having only a small amount of alcohol can increase the risk of heart attack or stroke in those who are obese or have heart disease and are using phentermine.

Using alcohol and phentermine together can increase the risk of addiction to both substances.

Both substances are addictive on their own, and, if used together, they may be more likely to be abused.

Phentermine and alcohol have two competing effects on the body. Phentermine is a central nervous system stimulant, and alcohol is a depressant. Therefore, when a person combines alcohol and phentermine, the medication may not be as effective as it would have been otherwise.

In fact, there are many ways that alcohol can undermine weight loss efforts. For one, alcohol contains a large amount of sugar and mostly empty calories. Also, it tends to make people tired and less likely to be physically active—both while drinking and the day after during a hangover. Because alcohol affects the liver, it may also make it more difficult for the body to burn fat. Finally, alcohol reduces inhibitions, and a person who is drinking may be more likely to make dietary food choices.

It is best for a patient who is using phentermine to stop drinking alcohol to minimize these risks and prevent other complications from occurring.

Treatment for Alcoholism

If you are using phentermine and feel as if you are unable to stop drinking alcohol on your own, you should consider seeking professional help. Harmony Treatment and Wellness offers comprehensive services for the treatment of alcohol and drug addiction. Our programs feature evidence-based modalities vital for the process of recovery, including psychotherapy, counseling, psychoeducation, peer support groups, medication-assisted treatment, and more.

We employ highly-skilled staff who provide clients with the tools, resources, and support they need to experience a full recovery! We believe that everyone—regardless of their addiction—is entitled to happiness and wellness. We urge those who need help to reach out as soon as possible!

If you or someone you love is struggling with alcohol abuse and are ready to begin a new life, contact us today! We are dedicated to helping people liberate themselves from the chains of addiction for life!

Effexor and Alcohol

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Are Effexor and Alcohol Safe to Combine? – Effexor (venlafaxine) is a prescription drug commonly used to treat depression, anxiety, and panic disorder. It works by increasing chemicals in the brain responsible for feelings of well-being.

By boosting neurotransmitters such as serotonin, the medication can help reduce feelings of depression and anxiety. The exact mechanism that causes this to occur, however, is not entirely clear.

Many people with anxiety and depression consume alcohol in combination with antidepressant drugs. Alcohol is known to interact with a number of drugs, and, sometimes, this pairing can be dangerous.

Effexor and Alcohol Side Effects

Sometimes people drink alcohol in an attempt to relieve symptoms of depression and other mental health problems. But alcohol can ease these symptoms only temporarily, and it may actually worsen chronic mood problems. It is never easy to determine if mental illness has led to alcohol use or the other way around.

Regardless, it is essential to know that using alcohol often exacerbates such problems in the long run. It is also linked to many other health risks, including liver disease, pancreatitis, and several types of cancer.

Using alcohol with Effexor can result in the adverse effects of either substance of being amplified. Although occasional alcohol use may not be hazardous, it is never advised to drink alcohol while using an antidepressant. Since many antidepressants are associated with side effects comparable to those of alcohol, these effects can be compounded while using both substances together.

Side effects of mixing Effexor and alcohol may include:

  • Dizziness
  • Nervousness
  • Reduced inhibition
  • Impaired coordination
  • Confusion
  • Blackouts
  • Slowed reaction times
  • Decreased attention span
  • Cognitive impairment

If you combine alcohol and Effexor, you should never drive, operate machinery, or place yourself in any other potentially dangerous situation.

Effexor and Alcohol and Bleeding

Effexor, like other antidepressants, can contribute to bleeding problems by increasing the time it takes platelets to form normal clots. Alcohol also acts as a blood thinner, so using the two in conjunction can lead to an increased risk of the following bleeding conditions:

  • Stomach bleeding
  • Bleeding in the brain

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Effects on Mental Health Conditions

Along with the detrimental effects of combining Effexor and alcohol, it is important to understand that alcohol use by itself has been known to worsen the symptoms of mental health problems. Likewise, a person who uses both of these substances may encounter even worse symptoms of mental illness, including the following:

  • Feelings of sadness
  • Hopelessness
  • Anxiety and paranoia
  • Mood swings
  • Irritability
  • Decreased appetite

Alcohol is a central nervous system depressant that can hinder the effectiveness of Effexor. It’s not known precisely how much alcohol any given person would need to drink to neutralize the Effexor in their body because many factors are involved. For some, even one or two drinks could be a problem.

Alcohol essentially counteracts Effexor, meaning that it will exacerbate the symptoms of a mental health disorder. For this reason, using alcohol with Effexor is ultimately counterproductive. In other words, drinking alcohol while using this medication defeats the whole purpose of using it.

The best way to avoid worsening psychological problems and side effects is to avoid drinking alcohol while taking Effexor.

Takeaways

The critical takeaways about combining Effexor and alcohol include the following:

1. It is unknown whether it is safe to drink any amount of alcohol while using Effexor.
2. Mild effects of using Effexor with alcohol may include increased side effects of either substance, such as signs of intoxication.
3. This combination increases the likelihood of very severe side effects, such as bleeding problems or blacking out.
4. Combining alcohol with Effexor can make the symptoms of depression worse, and it can also prevent the medication from functioning correctly.

Treatment for Alcoholism

If you are using Effexor and have found yourself unable to quit drinking on your own, we urge you to seek professional help. Alcohol is ultimately not going to improve your mood—it will just make it worse. What’s more, it will probably decrease the effectiveness of any medications that actually help control mood disorders.

Midwood Addiction Treatment is an accredited treatment facility that specializes in substance use disorders. We offer comprehensive programs in both partial-hospitalization and outpatient formats. Our center employs evidence-based services proven to be highly beneficial for the recovery process.

These services include, but are not limited to, the following:

Our team of addiction specialists is dedicated to ensuring that each client receives the tools and resources they need to foster a full recovery! Contact us today and find out how we help those who need it most liberate themselves from the chains of addiction for life!

Lyrica Drug Side Effects

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Lyrica Drug Associated with Suicidal Behavior and Overdose Among Youths – According to a Swedish study published in the journal BMJ, the use of gabapentinoids was associated with an increased risk of suicidal behavior and accidental overdose. The risk was highest among those who were prescribed Lyrica (pregabalin) versus Neurontin (gabapentin), especially among younger persons.

For the study, researchers sought to examine the links between gabapentinoids and negative outcomes related to coordination disturbances, mental health, and criminal behavior. Subjects included nearly 192,000 people from the Swedish Prescribed Drug Register who received prescriptions for gabapentinoids (pregabalin, gabapentin, or both) during the period between 2006-2013.

A total of 120,664 patients received pregabalin, and 85,360 received gabapentin. More than 14,000 had received both drugs. Most people in the study were women (59%) and were aged 45 or older. Primary outcome measures were suicidal behavior, accidental overdoses, head or body injuries, road traffic accidents and offenses, and arrests for violent crime.

Findings include the following:

  • More than 5% of participants were treated for suicidality or died from suicide (10,026)
  • Nearly 9% suffered from an accidental overdose (17,144)
  • More than 6% had a road traffic incident/offense (12,070)
  • Nearly 37% sustained head or body injuries (70,522)
  • More than 4% were arrested for a violent crime (7984)

Overall, gabapentinoid treatment was associated with an increased risk of suicidal behavior and deaths from suicide, accidental overdoses, head or body injuries, and road traffic incidents and offenses. When the drugs were analyzed separately, pregabalin was linked to increased hazards regarding all outcomes, whereas gabapentin was associated with less or no statistically significant dangers. An increased risk of all outcomes was associated with participants 15-24 years of age.

Lyrica Drug: What Are Gabapentanoids?

Gabapentinoids are a class of drugs with anticonvulsant, analgesic, and anxiolytic (anti-anxiety) properties. Lyrica and Neurontin are both currently approved for the treatment of neuropathic pain and epilepsy in Europe and the United States. Lyrica is also approved for treating generalized anxiety disorder in Europe and fibromyalgia in the United States.

Prescriptions for both drugs have risen sharply in recent years, and gabapentinoids are among the top 15 money-making drugs worldwide. However, in recent years, concerns have been expressed about the overprescription of gabapentinoids for pain relief. Likewise, numerous complaints have been lodged regarding the prevalence of adverse side effects, which include dizziness, somnolence, balance problems, coordination difficulties, and cognitive impairments.

Off-Label Use of the Lyrica Drug

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In a 2012 Canadian study, researchers sought to examine the experiences of doctors who prescribed gabapentin “off label”—the use of a marketed health product outside of indications specified in the approved product labeling.

Interviews were conducted with ten physicians in the Greater Toronto Area. It was determined that the subjects appeared to be relying mainly on anecdotal information garnered from colleagues and meetings, which raises doubts about the accuracy of their knowledge about possible off-label gabapentin uses. They stated that their findings suggested the need for more evidence-based information on off-label drug use “…as an important step toward improving rational prescribing and ultimately toward improving patient safety and health outcomes.”

Off-label prescribing of medications is a common practice in medicine. Importantly, off-label drug use does not necessarily imply improper or illicit use and can provide opportunities for patients to benefit from a drug’s potential effectiveness. However, there are also potential adverse effects of off-label use, which include negative reactions, liability for drug makers and health care practitioners, lack of patient reimbursements from insurance companies, and more.

In a recent article published in JAMA Internal Medicine, researchers reported there was “limited published evidence to support off-label gabapentinoid uses”. In fact, research has revealed some “clinical cases in which off-label use is problematic.”

The only conditions for which gabapentinoid medications are approved for are pain related to postherpetic neuralgia and diabetic neuropathy, spinal cord injury, and in the case of pregabalin, fibromyalgia. Still, the use of these drugs has tripled over the past 15 years. This increase likely reflects gabapentinoid use for treating other pain conditions off label, in part to avoid prescribing opioids.

Getting Treatment

Although gabapentanoids are believed to be non-addictive, they still have the potential for abuse, especially when used in combination with other drugs or alcohol. Drug abuse and addiction are destructive and potentially life-threatening conditions that are best treated in a specialized facility using evidence-based approaches, including psychotherapy, counseling, group support, aftercare planning, and more.

Midwood Addiction Treatment offers these services in both partial-hospitalization and outpatient formats. We are dedicated to ensuring that our clients receive the tools they need to be successful in their recovery and experience long-term wellness and sobriety.

If you or someone you love is suffering from drug abuse or addiction, contact us today. Discover how we help the people who need it most free themselves from the chains of addiction for life!

Is Oxycodone an Opiate?

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Is Oxycodone an Opiate? – Oxycodone is a semi-synthetic opioid painkiller and is among the most abused prescription drugs in the United States. The terms “opiate” and “opioid” are often used interchangeably, but they do refer to some differences between similar drugs.

The term “opiate” is often used in reference to natural compounds in the opium poppy. Opium can be extracted from the plant and contains the chemical compounds morphine, codeine, and thebaine.

Semi-synthetic opioids are opiates that have been chemically modified and work by binding to the same receptors as their natural counterparts. Fully synthetic opioids are entirely manufactured in a lab and include drugs such as fentanyl and methadone.

Many people have moved away from distinguishing between opiates and opioids and use the term “opioid” to denote both natural or human-made substances. If the term “opiate” is applied, it is usually thought of as the naturally-occurring compounds within the opioid class.

Opioids are also technically classified under the term “narcotic.” But, due to the adverse connotations that the term has when associated with illicit drugs, it has largely fallen out of use in medical environments. It might be helpful to think of opiates as being a subclass of opioids, and opioids being a subclass of narcotics.

Oxycodone Definition

Oxycodone is made by altering thebaine, a chemical compound found in opium. It changes the way in which the body perceives pain and also manipulates neurotransmitters in the brain responsible for feelings of well-being and reward. Under the Controlled Substances Act, oxycodone is classified as a Schedule II drug, indicating that it has a definite medical purpose but still a high potential for abuse.

Oxycodone is the potent main ingredient in many painkillers prescribed to those who are experiencing moderate to severe pain. Pills come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors depending on brand and dose, and oxycodone is also sometimes prescribed as a liquid. It is often found in a combination product with other drugs, including acetaminophen and ibuprofen.

Although opioids are prescribed primarily to relieve pain, they can have adverse effects such as drowsiness and can lead to chemical dependence. Because opioids have a relatively high potential for abuse and addiction, the use of prescription opioids is strictly regulated in the U.S.

Not all opioids, however, can be prescribed for treatment. For example, heroin, a derivative of morphine, is a semi-synthetic opioid that is illegal and commonly abused by injection.

Common Oxycodone Brands

Among the most common brand names for oxycodone-based drugs include the following:

OxyContin

OxyContin is a controlled-release formula provides relief for chronic pain for up to 12 hours. Many people circumvent the time-release action by crushing and snorting the drug, or by dissolving the tablets in water and injecting the solution. Other modes of abuse include using more than the prescribed dosage, taking the drug for longer than the prescribed length of time, and chewing or injecting OxyContin.

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Percocet

Percocet is a combination of oxycodone and acetaminophen and is commonly prescribed for a number of painful conditions that range from mild to severe. Like OxyContin, crushing and snorting Percocet is a common method of abuse.

Percodan

Percodan contains a combination of oxycodone and aspirin and belongs to a class of drugs called salicylates. It works in the body to reduce pain, fever, and inflammation. Although Percodan is not prescribed as often as Percocet, the drug has a high potential for addiction and has contributed to the epidemic of opioid addiction in the U.S.

Roxicodone

Roxicodone is a rapid-release formulation of oxycodone that is used to treat moderate-severe pain. It is often administered to a patient before surgery to sedate him or her and for the management of around-the-clock pain. When abused, such as when a person crushes or melts down the tablets for smoking or injecting, the drug induces a very quick high.

Oxycodone Effects and Abuse

As noted, using more than the prescribed dosage, taking the drug for longer than prescribed by a doctor, or chewing, crushing then snorting, or injecting the pills are all considered abuse of oxycodone. Many people abuse oxycodone for its euphoric effects, which are said to be somewhat comparable to that of heroin.

The effects of oxycodone use include:

  • Intense feelings of well-being
  • Reduced anxiety
  • Confidence
  • Relaxation and calm
  • Drowsiness
  • Dizziness

Because prescription opioid use is considered acceptable in our society, it can be challenging to identify or address abuse. Especially in the cases of valid prescriptions, it can be hard to distinguish the difference between an acceptable dose and misuse. Ultimately, it comes down to the adverse consequences the drug has on the user’s life and health. A definite red flag of abuse occurs when a person runs out of their medication too early before their next refill is available.

Common Drug Combinations

Alcohol and benzodiazepines are two of the most hazardous substances to mix with oxycodone. Because oxycodone, alcohol, and benzos are all central nervous system depressants, combining them can result in severe health complications, including death. This deadly cocktail can dramatically reduce breathing and cardiac function to the point of failure. Even if this combination doesn’t prove to be fatal, it can result in irreversible damage to the brain and major organs.

People dependent on oxycodone also frequently abuse marijuana and stimulants. These may be taken in conjunction to either intensify or diminish the effects of oxycodone.

Oxycodone has also been known to be a potential gateway drug for heroin use. When a person addicted to oxycodone cannot access their drug of choice, they may resort to using heroin as a less expensive, more accessible drug with similar effects.

Is Oxycodone an Opiate?: Overdose

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When a person consumes a dose of oxycodone that overwhelms the body and impedes life-preserving physiological processes, such as breathing, they can experience an overdose. An oxycodone overdose can be a terrifying experience that includes a number of life-threatening symptoms. The sooner these symptoms are identified and addressed, the better the person’s odds are of surviving.

Oxycodone overdose symptoms include the following:

  • Vomiting
  • Pinpoint pupils
  • Low blood pressure
  • Pale skin
  • Bluish lips and fingernails
  • Limp body
  • Cold, clammy skin
  • Profoundly slow heart rate
  • Unresponsiveness
  • Unconsciousness
  • Slow or stopped breathing
  • Seizures

In addition to opioid overdose, as noted, many oxycodone products contain other drugs such as acetaminophen or aspirin, which can come with their own dangers. And, overdose on products containing acetaminophen, for example, can result in life-threatening liver failure.

If you witness any of these symptoms present in a user after consuming oxycodone, call 911, and seek emergency medical help immediately.

Getting Treatment for Addiction

Opioid addiction can be a devastating and potentially life-threatening condition that dramatically and adversely affects the lives of those suffering as well as their loved ones.

Midwood Addiction Treatment specializes in the treatment of opioid addiction and offers both partial-hospitalization and outpatient formats. Our comprehensive programs feature clinically-proven services, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy, counseling, psychoeducation, group support, medication-assisted treatment, aftercare planning, and more.

We are dedicated to ensuring that every client receives all the tools, skills, resources, and support they need to foster a new, healthier life for themselves, free from the use of drugs and alcohol. Contact us today to discover how we help people free themselves from the powerful chains of addiction for life!

What Is Xanax Half-Life?

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What Is Xanax Half-Life? – Xanax (alprazolam) is in a class of drugs known as benzodiazepines that are primarily used to treat anxiety and panic disorder, but sometimes also insomnia or seizures. Xanax works by slowing down activity in the central nervous system (CNS) inducing feelings of calm and sedation. Because of its effects, it does have to potential for dependence and can be habit-forming, so it’s recommended only for short-term use.

Xanax Half-Life

Xanax is an intermediate-acting benzodiazepine. After using Xanax in pill form, peak levels can be found in the blood about 1 to 2 hours later. The average half-life of Xanax in the blood is 11 hours in healthy adults, meaning that half of the drug has been broken down and eliminated through the urine during that period. It takes between five to seven half-lives for 98% of a drug dose to be expelled from the body, so Xanax takes at least four days to be fully eliminated.

The half-life of Xanax tends to be longer for the elderly, individuals who are considered obese, those with alcoholic liver disease, and people of Asian descent. Moreover, for these people, Xanax will likely take more time to metabolize and clear out of their system. Furthermore, the concentration of Xanax in the blood is up to 50% among tobacco smokers.

Xanax Half-Life – Detection Windows

Xanax is detectable in the blood, saliva, urine, and hair, but how long it can be identified depends on a variety of personal factors. Age, weight, body fat percentage, the presence of other medications, dose, length of time Xanax has been used, hydration level, and metabolism all influence how long it takes for the drug to be expelled from a person’s system.

The following are the estimated detection window times for Xanax:

Urine – A urine drug screen, such as those that are conducted for employment purposes, may test positive for Xanax up to one week after a dose. For populations (e.g., the elderly) who metabolize Xanax more slowly, that time may be longer.

Saliva – Xanax can be detected in saliva for up to 36 hours.

Hair – As with all drugs, Xanax can be identified in a hair follicle beginning two to three weeks after the last dose and for up to 90 days.

Blood – Blood samples may be taken for a screening test or in cases of treatment for a suspected or confirmed overdose, but they can only determine that a person has taken Xanax in the last 24 hours.

Risks of Xanax Use

Xanax can cause drowsiness and sedation, so for this reason, those using the medication should not drive, operate machinery, or engage in any other activity or task that requires full concentration and alertness. Xanax can have interactions if combined with other medications, illicit drugs, or alcohol, and can lead to severe, life-threatening breathing problems, sedation, and coma or death. Medications of particular concern are prescription opioids such as hydrocodone, oxycodone, and illegal drugs such as heroin.

Because Xanax can induce feelings of relaxation and well-being, and because tolerance for the drug can build rapidly, it has the potential to be habit-forming. Patients should take Xanax as directed, and are strongly advised not to use it more often or in larger doses, as this can lead to serious health complications, addiction, and overdose.

Do not suddenly stop using Xanax, as this can result in withdrawal symptoms and serious complications. Instead, talk to your doctor about a tapering schedule in which you are gradually weaned off the medication over time.

Symptoms of Xanax overdose can include:

  • Drowsiness
  • Depressed respiration
  • Clammy skin
  • Dilated pupils
  • Disorientation
  • Weak pulse
  • Elevated heart rate
  • Confusion
  • Coma

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Common Side Effects

Xanax can produce side effects that often subside once the body has become used to the medication. The most common side effects include the following:

  • Drowsiness
  • Fatigue
  • Lightheadedness
  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Dry mouth
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Nausea
  • Constipation
  • Appetite changes
  • Joint pain
  • Nasal congestion

Serious Side Effects

Serious side effects are rare, and may include the following:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Seizures
  • Hallucinations
  • Severe rash
  • Yellowish eyes or skin
  • Memory problems
  • Speech difficulties
  • Confusion
  • Impaired coordination
  • Depression and mood swings
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Overdose

Treatment for Addiction

Xanax is a powerful sedative that has the potential for abuse and dependence. Because withdrawal symptoms associated with Xanax can be severe and even life-threatening, abrupt cessation is never advised, especially without the direct supervision of a medical professional or addiction specialist.

Midwood Addiction Treatment is a specialized treatment facility that employs a comprehensive, evidence-based approach to substance abuse and addiction. We offer multiple services vital to the process of recovery, including psychotherapy, counseling, group support, aftercare planning, medication-assisted treatment, and much more.

If you or someone you love is abusing Xanax, other drugs, or alcohol, contact us today. Discover how we help people break free from the cycle of addiction for life!