home
RSS
October 4th, 2011
02:57 PM ET

Is there a wrong way to detox off Xanax?

Every weekday, a CNNHealth expert doctor answers a viewer question. On Tuesdays, it's Dr. Charles Raison, an associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Emory University, and an expert in the mind-body connection for health.

Question asked by D. Epps from Georgia:

Is there a wrong way to detox off Xanax?

Expert answer:

Sadly, there are probably more wrong ways to detox off Xanax than right ones. Lots of people have a very hard time getting off Xanax if they’ve been on it for awhile no matter what approach they take. This is one of the reasons Xanax has fallen from favor in the last decade.

Xanax was the hottest thing going in the late '80s and early '90s. It was considered the most potent and useful of the class of medications called benzodiazepines. Benzodiazepines, which include such well-known drugs as Valium, Klonopin and Ativan, promote relaxation and sleep by making it harder for brain cells to fire.

These medications can be spectacularly helpful when used appropriately. But their use comes at a price. When taken on a daily basis for more than a few weeks, the brain develops a dependency on them for normal functioning.

Xanax has a very short half-life, which is a fancy way of saying that it goes into and out of the body very quickly. This property appears to make Xanax even more likely to cause emotional and physical dependency than other benzodiazepines. The short half-life means people will often start withdrawing from Xanax between scheduled doses, which tends to powerfully reinforce their psychological dependency of the medication.

This property has, over time, made Xanax among the least popular of benzodiazepines among psychiatrists.

If you take Xanax long enough, you will become physiologically dependent on it. This does not mean that you are an addict or that you are abusing it. It only means that if you stop the medication suddenly you are at risk for a very dangerous withdrawal syndrome that can include delirium and seizures and can be lethal.

So the wrongest way to detox off Xanax is to just suddenly stop taking it. This can literally be a fatal mistake.

Another very common “wrong way” of trying to detox from Xanax is to attempt to get off the medication too quickly, which can cause such discomfort that people become afraid to continue the detox process.

It can take months to successfully come off Xanax, and often the last little bit is the hardest to get off.

So patience is of great importance for successfully weaning oneself from Xanax. Under the guidance of a physician, the detox can often be made easier by switching from Xanax to an equivalent dosage of a benzodiazepine with a long half-life such as Klonopin or Librium, and then gradually tapering off that agent.

Ask our doctors a question

Sometimes this works. But in my experience, this switch is so uncomfortable for some people that they can’t tolerate it.

Benzodiazepines get a bad rap because they do have abuse potential and they do cause dependency. But they can be wonder drugs for some people. Many year’s worth of long-term data suggest that they do not cause significant harm, even when taken for long periods.

I like benzodiazepines, but I would never start anyone on Xanax for the reasons I’ve outlined above. On the other hand, more than once I’ve seen people - especially older folks - who have literally ended up in the psychiatric hospital trying to get off Xanax. Most of the time they had been doing just fine for years and it was some new doctor who decided they had to get off the Xanax “no matter what.”

This seems crazy to me. Not being on Xanax is better than being on it. But living a reasonable life on Xanax is considerably better than making yourself sick trying to get off it.

A final important point. No matter what you do, make sure you work closely with a clinician with expertise in detoxing off benzodiazapines.

Follow @CNNHealth on Twitter.


soundoff (795 Responses)
  1. rv parks orange county

    http://yogatreks.com/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=www.ocrv.info/

    June 4, 2021 at 13:42 | Report abuse | Reply
  2. purchase peptides tadalafil

    tadalafil research chemical tadalafil dosage bodybuilding side effects for tadalafil

    June 4, 2021 at 16:10 | Report abuse | Reply
  3. leather repair orange county

    This is a topic which is close to my heart... Best wishes! Where are your contact details though?

    http://services.nfpa.org/Authentication/GetSSOSession.aspx?return=http://ocrvexperts.com/rv-repair-shop-riverside-california

    June 4, 2021 at 19:20 | Report abuse | Reply
  4. carl's jr near me

    Good post! We will be linking to this particularly great article on our website. Keep up the good writing.

    http://www.brain-performance.com/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=bulknearme.com/

    June 4, 2021 at 19:23 | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Running Board Repair Dodge Sprinter

    I blog quite often and I seriously thank you for your information. Your article has truly peaked my interest. I am going to book mark your blog and keep checking for new details about once a week. I opted in for your RSS feed as well.

    https://www.nbc.edu/videoplayer.php?u=https://www.fleettruckrepairshop.com

    June 4, 2021 at 19:53 | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Sprinter Van Repair Shops

    https://www.bing.com/news/apiclick.aspx?ref=FexRss&aid=&url=https://www.sprintervanrepairnearme.com&cc=gr&setmkt=en-WW&setlang=en

    June 4, 2021 at 20:11 | Report abuse | Reply
  7. mcd shades repair

    I needed to thank you for this very good read!! I certainly enjoyed every bit of it. I have got you saved as a favorite to look at new things you postÖ

    https://www.wnypapers.com/ad/out/32100828/d1cfc72c310c99d59b1bf3948739e45f?to=https://ocrvluxurycoaches.com/

    June 4, 2021 at 21:32 | Report abuse | Reply
  8. primewire

    My brother suggested I might like this website. He was entirely right.

    This post actually made my day. You cann't imagine simply
    how much time I had spent for this info! Thanks!

    June 5, 2021 at 00:34 | Report abuse | Reply
  9. aralen buy

    do you need a prescription for hydroxychloroquine hydroxychloroquine chloroquine plaquenil 200 mg twice a day

    June 5, 2021 at 00:40 | Report abuse | Reply
  10. hydroxyquine

    chroloquine side effects for hydroxychloroquine chloroquine phosphate medicine

    June 5, 2021 at 01:15 | Report abuse | Reply
  11. ntc33 malaysia

    I loved as much as you'll receive carried out right here.
    The sketch is tasteful, your authored material stylish.
    nonetheless, you command get got an edginess over that you wish be delivering the following.
    unwell unquestionably come more formerly again since exactly
    the same nearly very often inside case you shield this hike.

    Here is my site ... ntc33 malaysia

    June 5, 2021 at 07:03 | Report abuse | Reply
  12. aralen price usa

    side effects of hydroxychlor 200 mg chlorochin what is hcq drug

    June 5, 2021 at 07:50 | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Mercedes Sprinter Steering Gear Repair

    https://login.talend.com/logout.php?redirectUrl=https://sprinterrepairnearme.com

    June 5, 2021 at 10:19 | Report abuse | Reply
  14. truck repair close to me

    https://www.bookforum.com/ads/www/delivery/ck.php?ct=1&oaparams=2__bannerid=967__zoneid=1__source=ad__cb=01bb4cc389__oadest=http://ocrv.us/rv-repair-shop-santa-monica-california

    June 5, 2021 at 10:51 | Report abuse | Reply
  15. rental cars near me

    https://dta365.com/dt/uchome/link.php?url=https://bulknearme.com/

    June 5, 2021 at 11:26 | Report abuse | Reply
  16. Internet Marketing Mechanics

    Saved as a favorite, I like your website!

    http://www.hays.info/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=www.postfallsbootcamp.com

    June 5, 2021 at 12:09 | Report abuse | Reply
  17. Sprinter Mechanic

    Saved as a favorite, I love your site!

    http://dmbcommercial.com/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=www.commercialrepairshop.com

    June 5, 2021 at 13:53 | Report abuse | Reply
  18. where to order tadalafil tablets

    elevex tadalafil 20mg tadalafil online tadalafil 5mg tablets

    June 5, 2021 at 15:25 | Report abuse | Reply
  19. side effects for tadalafil

    tadalafil 5 mg tablet buy cialis tadalafil xtenda

    June 5, 2021 at 17:17 | Report abuse | Reply
  20. RV Repair Near Me Now

    http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=theocrv.com

    June 5, 2021 at 18:13 | Report abuse | Reply
  21. tadalafil tablets ip

    tadalafil warnings tadalafil generic tadalafil goodrx

    June 5, 2021 at 20:51 | Report abuse | Reply
  22. chloroquine cancer

    hydroxychloroquine wiki aralen price usa do you need a prescription for hydroxychloroquine

    June 6, 2021 at 05:30 | Report abuse | Reply
  23. Sprinter Repair Los Angeles

    http://carewebqi.org/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=www.sprintervanrepairnearme.com/

    June 6, 2021 at 08:40 | Report abuse | Reply
  24. Mercedes Benz Sprinter Repair Shop

    Right here is the perfect web site for everyone who really wants to find out about this topic. You understand a whole lot its almost tough to argue with you (not that I actually would want toÖHaHa). You definitely put a new spin on a topic that's been written about for many years. Wonderful stuff, just great!

    http://portal.aeecenter.org/i4a/etrack/track.cfm?rType=2&campaignID=3291&contactID=13467&origURL=ocrv.today/rv-repair-shop-north-hollywood-california

    June 6, 2021 at 09:39 | Report abuse | Reply
  25. buy chloroquine phosphate tablets

    lupus usmle aralen chloroquine hcqs medicine

    June 6, 2021 at 12:42 | Report abuse | Reply
  26. watch repair near me

    http://www.customelectronicsupply.com/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=nearmyspot.com

    June 6, 2021 at 16:02 | Report abuse | Reply
  27. hydroxychloroquine uk

    chrloroquine side effects of hydroxychloroquine cloriquine

    June 6, 2021 at 17:25 | Report abuse | Reply
  28. Mercedes Benz Sprinter Turbo Actuator Repair

    http://qchome.us/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=fleetrepairshops.com

    June 6, 2021 at 23:59 | Report abuse | Reply
  29. Amir Gallegos

    After all, what a great site and informative posts, I will upload inbound link – bookmark this web site? Regards, Reader.

    https://www.aeriagames.com/user/dobrinasveti/

    June 7, 2021 at 07:30 | Report abuse | Reply
  30. Jayce Pruitt

    Great line up. We will be linking to this great article on our site. Keep up the good writing.

    https://www.quora.com/profile/Procesni

    June 7, 2021 at 08:17 | Report abuse | Reply
  31. chloroquine phosphate aralen

    who produces hydroxychloroquine win hidroxicloroquina hydroxide chloroquine

    June 7, 2021 at 13:31 | Report abuse | Reply
  32. furniture restoration orange county

    This website really has all the information I wanted about this subject and didnít know who to ask.

    http://blogs.dnalc.org/?wptouch_switch=desktop&redirect=https://ocrvshop.com/rv-repair-shop-lawndale-california

    June 8, 2021 at 02:12 | Report abuse | Reply
  33. Hzebytiessypi

    pharmacie de garde aujourd'hui vendee therapie viceland , pharmacie centrale pharmacie villeneuve avignon , Zyprexa en pharmacie France pharmacie ville angers Pariet Pariet 20 mg , pharmacie de garde aujourd hui pharmacie des stades boulogne billancourt , pharmacie bailly salouel. pharmacie des 2 ormes aix en provence therapies for autism Achat Inderal Г  prix bas , pharmacie beaulieu brive. pharmacie a amiens, medicaments hepatotoxiques pharmacie dewaele beauvais horaires . pharmacie autour de ma position, pharmacie auchan gien pharmacie rue barthelemy danjou boulogne-billancourt pharmacie bailly saint lazare orthopedie .

    June 8, 2021 at 03:28 | Report abuse | Reply
  34. Dodge Sprinter Mechanic

    https://eservices.dls.moi.gov.cy/translationCatalog.aspx?redPage=https://ocrv.guru/rv-camera-repair-near-me

    June 8, 2021 at 03:55 | Report abuse | Reply
  35. view desi mms

    Itís hard to find knowledgeable people for this topic, however, you seem like you know what youíre talking about! Thanks

    http://www.astro.wisc.edu/?URL=https://ingenieurleistungenreiter.de/index.php?option=com_phocaguestbook&view=phocaguestbook&id=1&Itemid=4&t=2760&limitstart=84740

    June 8, 2021 at 04:35 | Report abuse | Reply
  36. https://topphimhot.net

    Best view i have ever seen !

    https://images.google.co.ao/url?q=https://topphimhot.net

    June 8, 2021 at 09:40 | Report abuse | Reply
  37. Sprinter Cdi Injector Repair

    Hi, I do think this is an excellent blog. I stumbledupon it 😉 I'm going to return once again since i have book-marked it. Money and freedom is the best way to change, may you be rich and continue to help other people.

    http://gb-www.digitimes.com.tw/gate/gb/ocrvluxurycoaches.com/rv-upgrades-near-me

    June 9, 2021 at 02:28 | Report abuse | Reply
  38. RV Interior Remodeling Riverside

    https://treasury.gov/cgi-bin/redirect.cgi/?https://totaberlustig.com/dsc_0047-kopie/

    June 9, 2021 at 04:36 | Report abuse | Reply
  39. rv repair services

    This is a great tip especially to those fresh to the blogosphere. Brief but very accurate infoÖ Thanks for sharing this one. A must read post!

    http://ams.ceu.edu/optimal/optimal.php?url=http://ingenieurleistungenreiter.com/index.php?option=com_phocaguestbook&view=phocaguestbook&id=1&Itemid=4&t=180+&limitstart=86220

    June 9, 2021 at 07:18 | Report abuse | Reply
  40. local paint shops near me

    https://techgenix.com/ezoimgfmt/ocrvcenter.org/rv-repair-shop-bell-gardens-california

    June 9, 2021 at 07:47 | Report abuse | Reply
  41. Social Media Marketing Specialist Near Me

    http://wiaj.org/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=getmoneysocial.com/

    June 9, 2021 at 11:29 | Report abuse | Reply
  42. Fgreedypedadb

    pharmacie de garde toulon, les therapies alternatives traitement jaunisse bebe Aciclovir vente libre pharmacie France , https://www.etracker.com/lnkcnt.php?et=qPKGYV&url=https://is.gd/5pXMWp# therapie de couple utile ou pas. pharmacie schwoob angers Lexapro , therapie comportementale et cognitive valence , pharmacie avignon eisenhower. pharmacie avignon test covid medicaments generiques definition , pharmacie aix en provence avenue jules ferry pharmacie scb nicolle avignon culturegrams CH 2eeb3b2 , pharmacie meleye amiens. therapies journal therapies of psychology , pharmacie pas cher autour de moi pharmacie de garde quillan aujourd'hui pharmacie argenteuil rue d'epinay. zenergy therapies pharmacie bailly code promo pharmacie du trapeze boulogne billancourt.

    June 9, 2021 at 13:10 | Report abuse | Reply
  43. Brock Quintanilla

    Hello, I believe your blog may be having internet browser compatibility issues. When I look at your website in Safari, it looks fine but when opening in Internet Explorer, it has some overlapping issues. I just wanted to give you a quick heads up! Aside from that, fantastic blog!

    http://landene60s1.jaiblogs.com/26471339/facts-about-life-coaching-near-me-revealed

    June 9, 2021 at 14:48 | Report abuse | Reply
  44. Lauralee Gaarder

    http://www.bshare.cn/share?url=https://reidn41k1.ampblogs.com/Considerations-To-Know-About-garden-services-36210095

    June 9, 2021 at 16:42 | Report abuse | Reply
  45. Jene Lucich

    https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/reauthorization/reauexit.cfm?link=https://zanderz48l8.thenerdsblog.com/5260481/5-easy-facts-about-repair-companies-described

    June 9, 2021 at 16:49 | Report abuse | Reply
  46. Fgreedypedagq

    pharmacie dewaele beauvais horaires, therapie comportementale et cognitive perpignan therapie jalousie Fluconazole vente libre France , https://www.etracker.com/lnkcnt.php?et=qPKGYV&url=https://is.gd/9Oa6Qw# pharmacie des estelles avignon. therapie comportementale et cognitive bruxelles Premarin vente libre France, Premarin livraison rapide вњ… , therapies of psychology , pharmacie nicolle avignon. pharmacie mulhouse pharmacie boitel amiens , pharmacie d'urgence annecy pharmacie auchan epinay sur seine community aid thrift store york pa stable b3b2b0b , pharmacie thiault bourges. pharmacie anton et willem brest therapie cognitivo comportementale remboursee , pharmacie bailly adresse pharmacie leclerc guingamp pharmacie brest guelmeur. therapies actuelles pharmacie amiens pharmacie en ligne villeneuve d'ascq.

    June 9, 2021 at 17:35 | Report abuse | Reply
  47. SEO Marketing Companies

    http://www.tacticalphysician.com/__media__/js/netsoltrademark.php?d=www.juicycalls.com/

    June 9, 2021 at 20:56 | Report abuse | Reply
  48. Lizette Balsley

    http://claytono04f6.frewwebs.com/5203826/value-of-appointed-day-effective-date-in-restructuring

    June 9, 2021 at 22:14 | Report abuse | Reply
  49. Enriqueta Edson

    https://www.bing.com/news/apiclick.aspx?ref=FexRss&aid=&url=https://appetizerliquor92468.review-blogger.com/23498475/5-simple-statements-about-truck-repair-shop-near-me-explained

    June 10, 2021 at 03:49 | Report abuse | Reply
  50. Martin Weinbach

    Oh my goodness! Impressive article dude! Thank you so much, However I am going through troubles with your RSS. I donít know why I cannot join it. Is there anybody getting similar RSS problems? Anyone who knows the solution can you kindly respond? Thanks!!

    http://images.google.be/url?q=http://reidl29d8.blogdigy.com/the-maserati-ghibli-review-diaries-14692394

    June 10, 2021 at 03:49 | Report abuse | Reply
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16

Leave a Reply to RV Repair Orange County California


 

CNN welcomes a lively and courteous discussion as long as you follow the Rules of Conduct set forth in our Terms of Service. Comments are not pre-screened before they post. You agree that anything you post may be used, along with your name and profile picture, in accordance with our Privacy Policy and the license you have granted pursuant to our Terms of Service.

Advertisement
About this blog

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the latest stories from CNN Chief Medical Correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Senior Medical Correspondent Elizabeth Cohen and the CNN Medical Unit producers. They'll share news and views on health and medical trends - info that will help you take better care of yourself and the people you love.