Xanax (alprazolam) used to treat anxiety disorders, panic disorders and anxiety caused by depression. It is a benzodiazepine that affects chemicals in the brain which are unbalanced in people with anxiety and produces calming effect. It is central nervous system (CNS) depressant which affects GABA, a neurotransmitter in the brain. Xanax decreases abnormal excitement in the brain. It is a short-acting anxiolytic. Brain fog is one of the withdrawal effects of Xanax which is caused due to its usage for longer period and in larger doses.
Why Xanax causes brain fog?
As Xanax is a short acting drug that means it has a short half-life, the drug immediately starts affecting the brain and makes you feel calm, relaxed and sedative.But it also a fact that Xanax may be habit-forming when used in larger doses and for longer duration which may cause difficulty in stopping the medication.
Sometimes people report brain fog feeling during drug withdrawal. It means when a person stops taking Xanax, the brain needs time to readjust to function normally.Brain fog is the condition when the person feels confused, unable to focus, detached from surroundings and cannot concentrate on anything. It is a feeling of slow thinking, and is similar to depersonalization. Brain fog affects when the person is fatigued, stressed and does not take a proper diet. The brain fog is disturbing as well as annoying at the same time. In a slow moving mind it becomes like a trap and the person may also be on the verge of an anxiety attack.However, after few days, most people experience their memory return to normal.
Duration of Xanax withdrawal
Xanax is short acting benzodiazepine, as a result of which the effects are felt sooner and also lasts for just a few hours. As soon as the body and the brainare deprived of drug, the withdrawal starts. Xanax withdrawal has no specific timeline. This means withdrawal starts in few hours and lasts for more than a week.
How to consume Xanax safely to minimize the incidence of brain fog?
Xanax should only be taken when it is prescribed by your doctor. Never take Xanax in larger doses and for longer duration than recommended by the doctor. As taking Xanax may cause dependence and it becomes difficult to quit the drug as a result it may cause a withdrawal effect that is brain fog. It should never be shared with another person even if they have similar symptoms like yours. Before you start using Xanax tell your doctor if you are pregnant or if planning to become pregnant as Xanax may cause birth defects. It should not be used if you have kidney or liver disease, or drug addiction history.
Ways to avoid brain fog effect caused by Xanax
- Avoid taking Xanax along with alcohol
- Use it only if it is really required and keep the dose small
- Do not use Xanax daily, that is, it should not be taken for longer period of time
- Do not use Xanax if you are having a history of alcoholism or any other drug abuse