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How to Wean off Xanax Properly 
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Xanax is one of the most widely prescribed benzodiazepines, the most commonly prescribed psychotropic medications in the United States. Unfortunately Xanax Withdrawal is also unmistakably one of the more challenging benzo withdrawals. Though, if you know how to wean off Xanax properly, Xanax withdrawal can be mitigated by implementing a slow taper while calming the body throughout the withdrawal process, thus making Xanax withdrawal easier.  Our holistic approach has been used effectively for 17 years in every corner of the world.  Xanax is extremely addictive, causing both a psychological and physiological dependence, with tolerance to the Xanax occurring rapidly, often in days or weeks. [1] Xanax has a rapid onset of tolerance dependence and rebound anxiety. Once tolerance to Xanax occurs, the effects diminish, often requiring a dose adjustment which again will rebound into tolerance. Xanax is addictive at small doses and after even short term use.  Like all benzodiazepines, Xanax has a significant withdrawal syndrome that can be challenging to control, particularly if tapering too rapidly. Recovery is possible. Let us help you with our At-Home Taper Program.*


Dependence is different from addiction, and developing dependence from Xanax is a predictable phenomenon. Xanax alters the GABA receptor-site activity, interfering with the natural calming effects of the GABA receptors. [2] The hyperexcitability that occurs from missing even one dose of Xanax is indicative of the GABA underactivity and why Xanax must be withdrawn very slowly.  Common indications of Xanax dependence are restlessness, irritability, insomnia, muscle tension, weakness, aches, increase in pain, blurred vision, racing heart, increases anxiety or panic. Slowly tapering Xanax is essential. This is how to wean off Xanax properly. Our nonprofit has found that a holistic approach to controlling symptoms to make Xanax withdrawal easier improves your success to overcome Xanax dependence.*


Xanax, being a short-acting benzodiazepine, has shown to have a severe withdrawal syndrome following attempts to withdraw or reduce a dose, even from low or therapeutic doses.  The severity of Xanax withdrawals for many can deter them from future attempts. [3] A gradual reduction of Xanax over months can make Xanax withdrawal easier by minimizing the intensity of the withdrawal symptoms that include severe panic, agitation, depression, an increase in blood pressure, insomnia, fear and an increase in blood pressure (particularly when withdrawing rapidly).  Xanax is among the most challenging benzodiazepine withdrawal syndrome and many require the proper guidance and assistance to learn how to wean off Xanax properly and diminish the symptoms.  Xanax withdrawal can be extremely taxing, complicated and unpredictable if done wrong, so please, contact us for help or a qualified practitioner.* [4]

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Our Xanax at-home withdrawal program has been used for over 17 years in 86 countries.  We combine a slow Xanax taper with a highly effective holistic approach to minimize the benzodiazepine withdrawal symptoms.  This allows you to step down gently from Xanax under the close guidance of Our Team, Your Physician, and Pharmacist. Our Pre-taper is necessary to provide you critical Symptom Relief to make Xanax withdrawal easier. You will not taper Xanax until you are feeling better.  Then the gradual process helps to allow the GABA receptors ample time to readjust between reductions.  Our nonprofit has been helping people all over the world to escape Xanax and benzodiazepine dependence.  Please know that we can also help you.

Our areas of expertise are Antidepressants, Benzodiazepines, Sleeping Pills and Painkillers on a case-by-case basis.  Our innovative approach to benzodiazepine tapering encompasses a holistic method to empower you on your path to recovery. Don't Wean Xanax alone, work with our Prescription Drug Experts.*

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Xanax is a short acting benzodiazepine, lasting only a few hours in the body. [5]  For most, missing one dose can trigger Xanax withdrawals, yet the severity of the symptoms can vary.  For many, even a small reduction in the dosage of Xanax can trigger significant symptoms. [4] The intensity and duration of Xanax withdrawal is influenced by age, health challenges, other medications and the length of time on Xanax or other benzodiazepines. [5]

Xanax causes both physical and psychological withdrawal symptoms including an increase in fear, irrational thoughts, panic, extreme agitation, depression, irrational actions, nerve and muscle pain, seizures (if stopped rapidly), severe insomnia and tremors. [6]

Gradually reducing Xanax is how to wean off Xanax properly and can diminish the intensity Xanax Withdrawal and make Xanax withdrawal easier, yet many still find the symptoms interfere with all aspects of life.  If you need help to taper off Xanax, our nonprofit implements various holistic approaches to make the Xanax withdrawal more manageable, while increasing your chance of success in breaking the dependence to Xanax.*

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XANAX HISTORY AND INFO  ( link | pdf ) 



    Xanax (Alprazolam) was first released 1976 and became a blockbuster drug in the United States. Xanax has a fast onset of action with 90% of the peak effect achieved within the first hour. The time-released formation reaches full peak effect in approximately 1-1/2 hours. This short action also contributes to issues of tolerance, where the calming effect diminishes within shorter periods of time. For some, tolerance can occur within a couple of days, necessitating a dosage increase. Rapid withdrawal of Xanax can lead to the under activity of GABA which in turn causes the nervous system to become hyper-excited. Xanax is considered to be more toxic and have a higher overdose risk than other benzodiazepines, leading to more emergency room visits than other benzodiazepines. Insomnia and extreme anxiety are common during a rapid Xanax Withdrawal.  An abrupt or rapid withdrawal can be life-threatening due to the seizure and high blood pressure risk. Xanax must be tapered slowly to minimize withdrawal symptoms.

    In the late 1960s Xanax was created to be a sleep aid with muscle relaxant qualities, but when Dr. David Sheehan became involved Upjohn Pharmaceuticals presented the initial Xanax drug application to the FDA as an antidepressant to compete against Tricyclic Antidepressants, stating that Xanax was a safer and less toxic drug. The FDA initially approved the application, then changed their minds and told Upjohn they had to release Xanax as an anti-anxiety medication versus an antidepressant. Xanax was released in 1981and within two years became a blockbuster drug. 

    Pfizer Pharmaceutical entered the list of the largest mergers after increasing its global market share to 11% when Xanax was brought into their portfolio. Xanax is the number one prescribed psychiatric medication in the United States and between 2004 and 2008 there was an 89% increase in emergency room visits due to Xanax addiction. Michael Jackson was consuming between 30-40 Xanax a day prior to his death. 

    Xanax has a fast onset of action, reaching peak blood levels in 1.5 hours. Xanax is metabolized very rapidly versus other benzodiazepines therefore its effects are felt but also diminish quickly. This short half-life causes a rapid onset of tolerance, where the body calls for higher doses of the drug in an attempt to achieve a calm state.

    Xanax should only be prescribed for very short periods of time (7-10 consecutive days) and yet too many are given Xanax for months or years. Xanax use and abuse has reached epidemic proportions among college students and recently the University of Alabama implemented a no-drug policy that includes testing for Xanax.* 

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    Abrupt discontinuation, benzodiazepine dependence, seizure disorder, seizures, status epilepticus, substance abuse

    Alprazolam can cause physical and psychological dependence, and should be used with caution in patients with known, suspected, or a history of substance abuse. The risk of dependence with alprazolam appears to be most probable with daily dosages greater than 4 mg and with a treatment period of more than 12 weeks. Abrupt discontinuation of alprazolam after prolonged use should be avoided. Abrupt discontinuation of benzodiazepine therapy has been reported to cause a withdrawal syndrome (see Adverse Effects), especially following high dose or prolonged benzodiazepine therapy. However, benzodiazepine dependence can occur with therapeutic doses administered for as few as 1—2 weeks and withdrawal symptoms may be seen following the discontinuance of therapy. Benzodiazepine withdrawal also can be more intense if the benzodiazepine involved possesses a relatively short duration of action such as alprazolam. Panic rebound may be particularly problematic for patients receiving higher doses for panic disorder. Patients with a history of a seizure disorder or who are taking other drugs that lower the seizure threshold (i.e., TCAs, phenothiazines) should not be withdrawn abruptly from alprazolam due to the risk of precipitating seizures; status epilepticus has also been reported during therapy with immediate-release alprazolam. During withdrawal, the greatest risk of seizure appears to be during the first 24 to 72 hours. Seizures have also been reported with the use of the extended-release formulation of alprazolam, due to abrupt withdrawal and/or concomitant alcohol intake. Alprazolam (immediate-release or extended-release formulations) should be withdrawn slowly, using a gradual tapering schedule. Flumazenil, a benzodiazepine receptor antagonist, is indicated for partial or complete reversal of the depressive effects of benzodiazepines, and may be useful in overdose situations (see Flumazenil monograph). The prescriber should be aware of the risk for seizure activity with flumazenil use, particularly in long-term users of benzodiazepines or patients presenting with a cyclic antidepressant overdose.* 


    Worsening of daytime anxiety has been reported with the use of some hypnotic benzodiazepines, such as alprazolam, as few as 10 days after continuous use. In some patients this may be due to interdose withdrawal. If increased daytime anxiety is observed, it may be advisable to discontinue treatment gradually 

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    According to the FDA "Seizures attributable to XANAX were seen after drug discontinuance or dose reduction in 8 of 1980 patients with panic disorder or in patients participating in clinical trials where doses of XANAX greater than 4 mg/day for over 3 months were permitted. Five of these cases clearly occurred during abrupt dose reduction, or discontinuation from daily doses of 2 to 10 mg. Three cases occurred in situations where there was not a clear relationship to abrupt dose reduction or discontinuation. In one instance, seizure occurred after discontinuation from a single dose of 1 mg after tapering at a rate of 1 mg every 3 days from 6 mg daily. In two other instances, the relationship to taper is indeterminate; in both of these cases the patients had been receiving doses of 3 mg daily prior to seizure. The duration of use in the above 8 cases ranged from 4 to 22 weeks. There have been occasional voluntary reports of patients developing seizures while apparently tapering gradually from XANAX. The risk of seizure seems to be greatest 24-72 hours after discontinuation (see DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION for recommended tapering and discontinuation schedule)." *


    Withdrawal reactions may occur when dosage reduction occurs for any reason. This includes purposeful tapering, but also inadvertent reduction of dose (eg, the patient forgets, the patient is admitted to a hospital). Therefore, the dosage of XANAX should be reduced or discontinued gradually (see DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION)."


    To discontinue treatment in patients taking XANAX, the dosage should be reduced slowly in keeping with good medical practice. It is suggested that the daily dosage of XANAX be decreased by no more than 0.5 mg every three days (see DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION). Some patients may benefit from an even slower dosage reduction. In a controlled postmarketing discontinuation study of panic disorder patients which compared this recommended taper schedule with a slower taper schedule, no difference was observed between the groups in the proportion of patients who tapered to zero dose; however, the slower schedule was associated with a reduction in symptoms associated with a withdrawal syndrome.

    As with all benzodiazepines, paradoxical reactions such as stimulation, increased muscle spasticity, sleep disturbances, hallucinations and other adverse behavioral effects such as agitation, rage, irritability, and aggressive or hostile behavior have been reported rarely. In many of the spontaneous case reports of adverse behavioral effects, patients were receiving other CNS drugs concomitantly and/or were described as having underlying psychiatric conditions. Should any of the above events occur, alprazolam should be discontinued. Isolated published reports involving small numbers of patients have suggested that patients who have borderline personality disorder, a prior history of violent or aggressive behavior, or alcohol or substance abuse may be at risk for such events. Instances of irritability, hostility, and intrusive thoughts have been reported during discontinuation of alprazolam in patients with post traumatic stress disorder.*


    1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5846112/ 


    3. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/22302886/ 

    4. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0887617703000969 

    5. https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/benzo-withdrawal 

    6. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/7978098/




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    *While great care has been taken in organizing and presenting the material throughout this website, please note that it is provided for informational purposes only and should not be taken as Medical Advice. 

    *The statements/info on this website have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The products and labels mentioned / sold are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or illness. 

    *The program outlined in Point of Return is not meant to substitute your doctor, instead it is to be utilized with Your physician to help you with your drug withdrawal process and with his or her consent throughout. 

    *This program is not meant to cure or prevent any disease or illness. 

    *Because prescription medications can cause severe withdrawal reactions, do not stop taking any medication without first consulting your physician. The decision to taper any medication should be discussed with your doctor and done with their consent and support throughout the process. More..