Common questions about Xanax

How long does it take to overcome Xanax abstinence?

Withdrawal symptoms of Xanax can last from several weeks to several months. But the main withdrawal symptoms present during detoxification with Xanax must be resolved within a month. Patients report cases of insomnia, increased anxiety, and symptoms long after the initial 30 days of Xanax withdrawal.

What happens if I stop taking Xanax?

Do not stop taking Xanax without first talking to your doctor. Stopping abruptly can result in one or more of the following withdrawal symptoms: irritability, nausea, tremors, dizziness, changes in blood pressure, rapid heart rate, and seizures.


How long the effects of Xanax last?

The average life of Xanax is 11 hours. The Xanax reaches the maximum levels in the blood in 2 hours. However, despite taking several days to leave the body, the effects of Xanax tend to wear off after about 4 hours, so it may be necessary to take several times during the day.

How to stop taking Xanax?

Gradually reducing your dose for weeks or months is the best way to stop taking Xanax. A doctor can give you an appropriate dosing schedule so you can decrease your intake. It should be evaluated for withdrawal symptoms each time you decrease it.

How does the consumption of alprazolam affect the fetus during the first trimester of pregnancy?

The contradictory results of the studies evaluating the teratogenic potential of the use of alprazolam during the first trimester of pregnancy , basically case-control studies, series of cases and case reports, do not allow to establish consistent conclusions regarding the cause-effect relationship associated with the consumption of benzodiazepines (BZD), in general, during this phase of gestation . However, the pharmacotherapeutic information resources  consulted agree that its use during pregnancy poses a potential risk to the fetus and two clinical practice guidelines (GPC) recommend that they not be used routinely during pregnancy, especially in the first trimester . Also, another CPG  on the use of psychiatric medication during pregnancy indicates that prenatal exposure to benzodiazepines increases the risk of cleft palate, although the absolute risk increases by 0.01%(conclusion based on limited scientific evidence or inconsistent).

How long will Xanax stay in your system for a urine test?

Most drugs have what is called an “elimination half life” which is the time it takes for the drug to reach half of its pharmacologic activity. For Xanax this is about 11.2 hours.

The full range is from 6.3 to 26.9 hours in healthy adults. For a drug to be totally eliminated from your system it takes 5.5 times the half life. If we take the maximum time of 26.9 hours times 5.5, it will be in your system for approximately 148 hours i.e. 6 days, after your final dose.

Can you consume alcohol when taking Generic Xanax?

Never mix a benzo with alcohol (it can potentiate possible side effects), or any other medication.