Xanax (alprazolam), like other benzodiazepines, is famous for its rebound anxiety – the anxiety that you can get after you stop taking a drug or as the effects of the drug wear off.
With Xanax you can get a rebound effect just from taking the drug once. It is in essence a bit like a hangover. People have reported different symptoms and plenty of people don’t get any rebound anxiety from just taking xanax once or only occasionally. Some of the symptoms people have reported from Xanax come-down are:
- Feeling Groggy/Spacey
- Lacking Motivation
- Feeling Lazy
- Feeling Anxious
- Having a Headache
This straight-forward Xanax hangover tends to be mild and pass over the course of the day.
Much more unpleasant and persistent is the rebound anxiety that you can get after you have been taking Xanax for some time (normally at least 2 weeks but less for some people). For an explanation of why rebound anxiety happens please click here.
Some common symptoms of rebound anxiety from Xanax:
- Palpitations (racing heart)
- Panic Attacks
- Intense feeling of fear
- Tight chest and difficulty breathing
- Upset stomach
- Aching Muscles
Rebound anxiety is often described as much much worse than the anxiety that lead the patient to take Xanax in the first place. It can be very serious and that is why you should never stop Xanax abruptly and always follow the doctor’s advice!
If you are suffering from rebound anxiety then speak to a doctor and talk about tapering your dose. Else you can be in for a miserable few weeks or months, as rebound anxiety can really go on (length of rebound anxiety seems to depend on amount of time you were taking Xanax, size of dose and personal differences).
Remember, drugs are not the answer to anxiety. If you are interested in permanent solutions to anxiety I recommend reading Killing Anxiety From The Roots, which is all about the underlying physical causes of anxiety.
You might also consider reading our Panic Away Review.