Most people have heard of Xanax, or its generic equivalent, alprazolam. They are also aware this drug is available in tablets and bars where you break off the dosage you need. Yet, most people are surprised to learn there also are liquid Xanax drops and a liquid alprazolam equivalent.
History and Facts About Xanax
Research into benzodiazepines (benzos) began in the 1950s, primarily to help treat insomnia. While Librium and Valium were both developed in the late 1950s and early 1960s, Xanax was created in 1970. That same year, J.B.Hester from Upjohn Pharmaceuticals applied for a patent for alprazolam in Germany. He also applied for another patent in 1976 in the United States.
The FDA did not approve Xanax until 1981, when it was made available for people with panic disorders and anxiety disorders. Since then, Xanax has become the most prescribed medication for treating stress, anxiety, and panic disorders.
Additional facts about Xanax include:
- Xanax is a sedative.
- Xanax should never be mixed with alcohol, another sedative, as it enhances the substances’ effects and increases risks of accidental overdose and death.
- You should never quit Xanax “cold turkey” because of the dangerous withdrawal side effects.
- Xanax can be highly addictive even when taken in small doses for a prolonged period.
- Xanax addiction can occur in anyone whether they have a prescription for Xanax or are misusing it recreationally.
- The number of people seeking substance misuse treatment for Xanax tripled between 1998 and 2008.
- Over 120,000 ER visits in 2011 were from the recreational misuse of Xanax.
- Xanax is available in tablet, bar, and liquid forms.
What Is Liquid Xanax?
Liquid Xanax is an oral solution that can be used in place of tablets and bars. It is administered in the form of drops either orally or mixed with food and beverages. The only form of liquid Xanax currently available in the United States is the generic equivalent – alprazolam in an oral solution.
What Are Liquid Xanax Drops?
Liquid Xanax drops are the same thing as liquid Xanax. The medication treats the same conditions as Xanax tablets and Xanax bars. However, there are illicit street versions of liquid Xanax that are not really Xanax.
One of the more common street versions is called Liquid Bliss. While solicited as liquid Xanax, it is made using the benzodiazepine etizolam. Other names for this street version include CD cleaner and Ettize.
Another form of liquid Xanax that does not contain alprazolam is blends of essential oils. They are marketed as providing the same calming and relaxing effects as Xanax. Furthermore, they are meant to be used for aromatherapy. Unfortunately, people are intentionally ingesting the oils and experiencing some very dangerous side effects.
What Is Liquid Xanax Drink?
Liquid Xanax drink is an alcoholic beverage made by mixing various alcohols and herbs together. For example, one recipe calls for using the herb kava-kava and combining it with passion flow tea and Irish whisky. Kava-kava is supposed to be a natural remedy to help alleviate anxiety and instill calmness.
Is Liquid Xanax Dangerous?
The prescription version of Liquid Xanax is just as addictive as Xanax tablets and Xanax bars, whether taken as a prescription or misused recreationally. However, because liquid Xanax can be mixed into drinks and food, the risks of accidental overdose can be higher. In addition, the street versions of liquid Xanax can be very dangerous as you never know what types of drugs were used in the liquid.
Xanax Withdrawal Symptoms
Liquid Xanax shares the same withdrawal symptoms as tablets and bars of this medication. Some of the more common symptoms one can experience include:
- Panic Attacks
- Blurred Visions
- Decreased Appetite
- Uncontrolled Sweating
- Light Sensitivity
- Muscle Pain
- Sound Sensitivity
It is worth mentioning the extent of withdrawal symptoms does vary based on the duration that liquid Xanax was being used.
Treating Xanax Addiction
Treating liquid Xanax drops addiction is similar to treating addiction from Xanax tablets and bars. The first step in treatment is to go through supervised detox, where your Xanax usage can be gradually tapered off.
There may also be medication-assisted treatments (MAT) available to help reduce the withdrawal symptoms. After you have been safely weaned off Xanax, then you usually start your rehab treatment program.
Get Addiction Help in Orange County, CA
When you are struggling with liquid Xanax drops addiction, either from taking the drug as a prescription or recreationally, it is vital to get help to stop. At Pacific Sands Recovery Center in Orange County, CA, we understand it can be challenging to discontinue Xanax use because you have grown accustomed to its effects.
It is important to remember that there is nothing wrong with asking for help in overcoming your Xanax use disorder. For further information about our liquid Xanax supervised detox and customizable treatment programs, please feel free to give us a call or visit our admissions page.