Many people wonder how the use of certain medicine affects their body. Xanax is widely prescribed anti-panic and anti-anxiety medication. It belongs to a large class of drugs called benzodiazepines. In most cases, Xanax tablet doses range from 0.25-2 mg. But the total daily dosage for Xanax typically shouldn’t exceed 6 mg. At the beginning of the treatment with Xanax, prescription starts with the lowest possible dose. The aim is to use the drug for the shortest time period as possible. This also helps to prevent drug dependence and addiction. That is said that when you first start taking Xanax your feelings could be similar to what you would experience if you were to drink alcohol.
What does Xanax feel like?
You should be aware of some of the effects you will experience during your Xanax usage.
- You will feel calmer and your body will also be more relaxed. You should know that Xanax has properties of a muscle relaxant;
- Sometimes you may have problems with coordination or slurred speech;
- That is very important to remember that when you take Xanax even for a short period of time, there is a high chance of your body building a physical tolerance to this medicine. This is because your brain’s GABA production slows than you use Xanax. Later you’ll feel the need to take higher doses of Xanax to achieve the same results you had previously.
- Don’t suddenly stop to use Xanax. This should be done gradually – your brain becomes used to the presence of Xanax, and if you were to stop suddenly, there would appear some side effects, which are known as withdrawal.
- When Xanax affects the body and leads to withdrawal, you may experience anxiety, panic disorder, sleep problems, nervousness, aggression, and depression. In serious cases, even suicidal thoughts may appear.
How Xanax affects the brain
If we want to know the physical symptoms of Xanax and how it affects the body, we must understand how it affects the brain. This must be done because all the ways Xanax affects the body are determined by its effects on the brain.
Xanax works on a particular receptor in the brain called a GABA receptor. The GABA receptor is one of the most important neurotransmitters, chemicals that brain cells use to communicate with each other. The GABA neurotransmitter tells the brain to be quiet and it creates a feeling of calm, has its own natural sedative and muscle relaxant capabilities. These effects are maximized during your treatment with Xanax.
Xanax is short active drug – the peak effects of the drug occur after 1-2 hours. Comparing to other drugs, this is a relatively short period of time, which is one of the main issue Xanax has such a high risk of abuse and dependence.
In many cases, the use of Xanax makes your body not just calm and relaxed, but tired as well, which is the reason why so many people take it as a treatment option for insomnia.