How Long Does Xanax Stay in Your System

Certain drugs have been known to stick around in your system long after you last used them. This is the case even for medicines that require a prescription. Although most employers require a preemployment drug screen, there will be no issues if you have a prescription. However, many people, especially kids, are abusing prescription medications this day in age, and some parents choose to purchase home testing kits. The anxiety medicine Xanax is one of these prescriptions. Because of this, you may find yourself wondering, 'How long does Xanax stay in your system?'

What is Xanax?

Xanax is a brand name for Alprazolam. It was originally synthesized in the 1960s as a sleep aid. Now, Xanax is a psychoactive drug that is prescribed for medical treatment of different types of anxiety disorders such as generalized anxiety and social anxiety. Xanax can also be prescribed for panic disorders. It comes in a time-release capsule that is taken orally. Xanax acts as an anxiolytic, which means it helps bodily symptoms of anxiety. It also acts as a muscle relaxant and a mood stabilizer. Additionally, Xanax can act as a sedative and a tranquilizer, inducing sleep in patients.

Effects of Xanax

Using Xanax during pregnancy can cause birth defects. Alcohol should never be consumed when taking Xanax. There are also several drugs and foods that can negatively interact with Xanax, including grapefruit, acid reducers, antibiotics and various pain killers. Mixing Xanax with morphine, methadone, heroin and other various heavy drugs can result in serious overdoses and is responsible for thousands of deaths.

There are also several side effects that can occur when taking Xanax, including dry mouth, dizziness, fatigue, vertigo and change in libido. Additionally, skin rashes, jaundice and hallucinations are possible. Although rare, some patients taking Xanax can experience suicidal thoughts, additional depression, trouble creating new memories, and general concentration problems. On top of these side effects, patients taking Xanax can also experience hostility, tremors, aggression and mania. Xanax has properties that make it extremely easy to get addicted to, and trying to quit taking Xanax will give you a whole new list of withdrawal side effects. Because of all these side effects, the FDA warns that every so often doctors should examine whether or not a patient still actually needs the drug.

How long it stays in your system

Xanax enters your blood stream and begins taking effect about an hour after taking a pill, but its effects can be felt for up to five hours or more. Traces of Xanax, however, stick around in your system for much longer. There are a few different conditions that can affect how long Xanax stays in your system, including a person's weight and age. Additionally, it can stay in someone's system for longer if they have liver problems. On average, Xanax can be detected (by a blood test) in your system for up to 48 hours after use. Xanax can be detected in urine anywhere from 1 to 6 weeks after the last use and up to 90 days in hair follicles. Most tests have a detection cut-off level of 300 nannograms per milliliter.

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