A very potent benzodiazepine. Often referred to as a "minor" tranquilizer , it is really anything but. Typically prescribed for anxiety and panic disorder. Dependence ensues quickly even at therapeutic doses , resulting in what is considered to be one of the worst withdrawal syndromes by the medical community when abruptly discontinued.
The relatively low dose , when compared to the other benzodiazepines , is actually quite deceptive. The general concensus on therapeutic doseage equivalency among benzodiazepines is as follows:
1 mg Ativan
.5 mg klonopin
10 mg diazepam , Valium
25 mg. Librium , Chlordiazepoxide
As you can see , 2mgs of xanax is really not a small dose at all. It is equal to 4 10mg valium! Despite the fact that most doctors would never prescribe that much Valium , patients are far too often put on corresponding doses of xanax , and unknowingly become extremely dependent on the drug.
The benzodiazepines are habit forming. W/D can be quite serious ,is of the alcohol type , and can lead to seizures and death if not managed medically.
She didnt know she was dependent on xanax until she stopped taking it , and woke up in the emergency room.
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