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  • 5 Cures For A Xanax Hangover

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    Xanax, also known as alprazolam, is a prescription drug that can help treat anxiety disorders such as panic disorder. It belongs to a class of drugs called benzodiazepines, or “benzos.”

    As a central nervous system depressant, Xanax works by increasing the effects of a neurotransmitter, or brain chemical, called gamma-Aminobutyric acid (GABA). This chemical can make you feel calm and sleepy.

    When you take Xanax, you may experience mild withdrawal symptoms the next day as the drug leaves your system. Many people call this condition a “Xanax hangover.”   

    What Is A Xanax Hangover?

    Symptoms of a Xanax hangover, which often resemble symptoms of an alcohol hangover, may include:

    • headache
    • blurry vision
    • fatigue
    • nausea
    • sweating
    • decreased appetite
    • increased blood pressure

    You’re more likely to experience these hangover effects if you abuse Xanax (use it in a manner not prescribed by your health care provider). 

    To cure a Xanax hangover, follow these five tips. 

    1. Eat Nutritious Foods

    Hangover symptoms tend to fade once your body finishes metabolizing (processing) Xanax. Eating may help your body process the drug more quickly, as Xanax is metabolized by your gastrointestinal (GI) system. 

    Focus on nutrient-rich foods such as fruits and vegetables, which can help your GI system function properly. 

    2. Drink Water

    Like eating, drinking water can help your body metabolize Xanax faster and decrease hangover symptoms. Stay away from alcoholic, caffeinated, or sugary beverages until your symptoms subside. These drinks can worsen headaches and other hangover effects. 

    3. Sleep Longer

    If possible, sleep for a few more hours than you normally do. This strategy lets your body metabolize the Xanax before you wake up. That means you can sleep through much of the hangover experience and avoid some of the more intense symptoms. 

    4. Exercise

    Physical activity can increase your endorphin levels. Endorphins are neurotransmitters that reduce pain and promote a sense of well-being. By exercising the day after you take Xanax, you can decrease the severity of headaches, nausea, and other hangover side effects.

    To avoid putting stress on your body and making your symptoms worse, choose mild activities like walking or yoga. 

    5. Meditate

    As with exercise, meditation can make you feel more calm. When you’re less stressed, your hangover symptoms may disappear more quickly.

    In addition, meditating on a regular basis could naturally reduce your anxiety levels, allowing you to lower your Xanax dosage (under a doctor’s supervision) and reduce the risk of future hangovers. 

    If you or a loved one struggles with Xanax addiction or abuse, please contact an Ark Behavioral Health specialist to learn about our substance abuse and addiction treatment programs. 

    Written by Ark Behavioral Health Editorial Team
    ©2024 Ark National Holdings, LLC. | All Rights Reserved.
    This page does not provide medical advice.

    U.S. Food and Drug Administration - Xanax Label
    U.S. National Library of Medicine: MedlinePlus - Alprazolam
    U.S. National Library of Medicine: MedlinePlus - Hangover treatment

    Medically Reviewed by
    Kimberly Langdon M.D.
    on June 30, 2022
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