Alprazolam Intensol is a brand name for the generic medication Alprazolam. This short-acting drug is from the benzodiazepine class and is used to treat moderate to severe anxiety disorders, panic attacks and depression. In its pure form, Alprazolam Intensol possesses the properties of anxiolytic, sedative, hypnotic, anticonvulsant and muscle relaxants. This drug is classified as a Schedule IV controlled substance. It is abused on the street and is available under such trade names as Z-bars, bars, tabs and Upjohn. The medication is generally available in the form of a pill or injected or insufflated after the pill is crushed. Alprazolam Intensol does not fully dissolve in water and can cause severe damage to the arteries when it is injected. Alprazolam Intensol is known as one of the more toxic benzodiazepines and can be fatal when combined with alcohol or other drugs. For young individuals seeking to achieve a high, abuse of Alprazolam Intensol is common. These individuals are frequently referred to as “Xannie Poppers” and are likely to use Alprazolam Intensol in combination with other stimulants.
When taken properly under the care of a physician, Alprazolam Intensol is known to be a very effective medication. But developing a tolerance to the medication can be life-changing and can lead to specific symptoms that can include memory impairment, constant drowsiness, slurred speech, loss of concentration or motor skills. Even when tolerance is not present, certain effects can still emerge that include unusual risk-taking behavior, depressed mood, hyperactivity, agitation, hostility, hallucinations, fainting, feeling light-headed, muscle twitches, changes in urination and jaundice.
Withdrawal symptoms associated with Alprazolam Intensol can include, but are not limited to:
- Rapid heartbeat and/or high blood pressure
- Loss of appetite
- Ringing in the ears
Alprazolam Intensol withdrawal can cause potentially dangerous symptoms. As these symptoms can be life-threatening, it is essential that addicts seek care from a board-certified physician and board-certified addiction psychiatrist when trying to stop taking the drug. Entering a center for 24/7 comfortable detox treatment is highly recommended in such situations.