Symptoms of Xanax Withdrawal
The symptoms of benzodiazepine withdrawal are often severe because drugs like Xanax have a relatively short half-life (meaning that it leaves the system quickly). According to an article published by the National Library of Medicine, Xanax withdrawal is characterized by “sleep disturbance, irritability, increased tension and anxiety, panic attacks, hand tremor, sweating, difficulty in concentration, dry retching and nausea, some weight loss, palpitations, headache, muscular pain and stiffness and a host of perceptual changes.”
Between one and four days after the final dose of Xanax the “rebound symptoms” of withdrawal begin to take hold. These symptoms are predominantly psychological and include severe anxiety, panic attacks and insomnia. After the fourth or fifth day of detox the “full blown” withdrawal stage begins. Physical and psychological symptoms peak in severity and in order to be resolved they must be thoroughly treated with a combination of medications and holistic therapies. Xanax withdrawal lasts for between 10 and 14 days depending on the severity of the substance abuse disorder.
If your symptoms are not treated in a medically monitored detox facility, you run the risk of developing protracted benzodiazepine withdrawal, which can last for up to several months.