Xanax and Depression

How are They Connected?

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Introduction

If you or your loved one is taking Xanax, you may be interested to learn whether Xanax can cause or help with depression. We’ll explore the link between Xanax and depression and explain why the use of Xanax in depression is controversial.

What is Xanax?

Xanax is an anti-anxiety medication that belongs to the benzodiazepines family. Benzodiazepines are prescribed to treat symptoms of anxiety and panic disorders. This is due to their ability to act on the brain and central nervous system (CNS) to produce a calming effect.

Xanax is also prescribed for a range of conditions, from depression to PMS and chronic pain.

As it poses a risk of addiction, Xanax is a federally controlled substance (C-IV).

Depression and Xanax

Can Xanax Cause Depression?

Like many other medications, Xanax can produce several side effects. In most cases, these side effects appear when the drug is first introduced and fades away with time. One of these symptoms can include depression.1

People who are already depressed or have a history of depression are more at risk of developing depression due to Xanax use. However, it is uncertain whether Xanax is making people depressed or if the depression is due to the condition Xanax was prescribed to treat.

In addition to side effects, long-term use of Xanax can lead to physical and emotional dependence. Once a dependence on Xanax has been developed, a range of withdrawal symptoms, including depression, can occur.

Can Xanax Help Depression?

Xanax is a medication officially approved by the Food and Drug Administration to treat anxiety and panic disorders. Some doctors may prescribe the drug as an “off-label” treatment for depression.

However, there are many other better, safer, and newer antidepressant medications available. Some studies that have shown in the past that Xanax is an effective antidepressant are today considered to be of poor quality.2

Is it Safe to Take Xanax for Depression?

Xanax is an anti-anxiety medication that belongs to the benzodiazepines family. Benzodiazepines are prescribed to treat symptoms of anxiety and panic disorders. This is due to their ability to act on the brain and central nervous system (CNS) to produce a calming effect.

Xanax is also prescribed for a range of conditions, from depression to PMS and chronic pain. As it poses a risk of addiction, Xanax is a federally controlled substance (C-IV).

Treatment for Xanax Addiction

The best way to address a Xanax addiction is to go to a treatment center. Most treatment centers offer detoxification services that include cleansing the body of all toxins.

After detox, there are two major types of treatment programs: inpatient and outpatient. Inpatient treatment is more suitable for addressing severe addiction cases. At the same time, outpatient is geared towards mild addictions and allows you to take on outside responsibilities.

During both inpatient and outpatient programs, you attend regular one-on-one therapy sessions and participate in support groups.

This information should not replace a visit to a doctor or treatment center. If you are concerned that you or a loved one might be suffering from a Xanax addiction, ask for professional help today.

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