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Does Xanax Slow Your Heart Down?

Does Xanax Slow Your Heart Down?

Do you or a loved one have an addiction to Xanax and are wondering if it is possible that it can slow your heart down when taking them?

Xanax is a well-known medication for the treatment of anxiety and panic disorders. The primary use of Xanax is to treat mild to moderate anxiety. Xanax is also prescribed for other mental health diagnoses as a sedative. Xanax is a benzodiazepine, and these central nervous system depressants bind to a receptor called GABA in the brain. This important receptor slows nerve activity that releases norepinephrine which raises heart rate and causes anxiety. Xanax and other Benzodiazepines slow down the nervous system, which is why they are effective medications for nervous disorders.

Does Xanax Slow Your Heart Down?

Is Xanax Able to Slow Your Heart Down?

The effects of Xanax are primarily relied on to soothe brain activity to keep a person calm and relaxed. However, when someone’s GABA receptors inhibit norepinephrine, the physiological response will cause a drop in the heart rate. Xanax is not necessarily used medically to lower heart rate or blood pressure, but it is not ruled against. The general use of Alprazolam, the pharmaceutical name for Xanax, is to control anxiety and sedation. Still, the heart rate will naturally slow down when a person takes Xanax. 

What Does Science Say About Xanax And Heart Rate?

The Medical experts at the National Institutes of Health conducted a study about the effects of Alprazolam and heart health. They concluded that Alprazolam lowers heart rate and can potentially be used as a medication for heart conditions. 

Alprazolam usage in various age groups of patients with hypertension was associated with a slightly reduced risk of major adverse cardiovascular events and all-cause mortality. Up to 22% of alprazolam users had a reduced risk of hemorrhagic stroke, and alprazolam users showed the greatest reduction in risk for myocardial infarction. (NIH)

Why Does Combining Xanax With Other Substances Cause Death?

Xanax is a potent central nervous system depressant. The people who abuse Xanax are hoping to achieve the euphoric sedative effects. Unfortunately, when Xanax abusers combine Xanax with other drugs that slow the heart rate or depress the central nervous systems, the person’s body will succumb to overdose and stop breathing, have heart failure, or go into a coma. The drugs that potentiate the effects of a benzodiazepine like Xanax that will cause heart failure include:

  • Alcohol
  • Heroin 
  • Fentanyl
  • Prescription Opioids
  • Muscle Relaxers (Soma, Robaxin, Flexeril)
  • Marijuana

“When Xanax is combined with other drugs that depress CNS activity, such as alcohol or opioid pain relievers, benzodiazepines may cause serious or even life-threatening problems” (SAMHSA)

What Is Xanax Dependency?

When someone is dependent on Xanax, they are physically addicted to it. Physical addiction to Xanax does not always mean the person is an addict. Some people must take Xanax every day to control their severe mental health disorders and develop a physical dependency.  However, physical dependence is most common in a person who is addicted to Xanax and abuses it. The withdrawal symptoms that Xanax dependency causes are life-threatening. The most common symptom are gran-mal seizures, neurological conditions, and heart problems. A medically supervised Xanax detox is required for any person who is dependent on Xanax. 

Where To Go For Medical Detox?

The Xanax detox that we connect clients to offers advanced medically supervised Xanax detoxification. Their Xanax detox relies on a taper method for helping someone safely detox from Xanax. A taper regimen for detoxification is the easiest way for someone to detox Xanax slowly. The protocols are to prescribe smaller and smaller doses of Xanax until they reach zero. Depending on how much Xanax a person was abusing will dictate how long their detox will take. Most people require two weeks or more to detox from Xanax. 

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