Xanax (known generically as alprazolam) is a fast-acting prescription medication used to treat panic attacks and other anxiety disorders. Part of the benzodiazepine class of drugs, Xanax is intended as a short-term treatment because extended use can lead to addiction. People who abruptly stop taking Xanax after prolonged use often experience painful physical and mental symptoms known as Xanax withdrawal. Without medical help, Xanax withdrawal can be life-threatening. Symptoms include vomiting, tremors, and potentially fatal seizures.

The Risks of Stopping Xanax Cold Turkey

When it comes to Xanax (alprazolam), it can be a slippery, and even deadly, slope to fall into if an addicted user abruptly stops taking the drug (known as “going cold turkey”). To avoid possible seizures and death, it is extremely important to taper off this tranquilizer with the supervision of a medical professional.

If you or your loved one are thinking about quitting the use of Xanax or is in the quitting and withdrawal process, we insist that you reach out to Drug Treatment Center Finder to find a detox and treatment center so that you can get the safe help you need. These withdrawal symptoms don’t have to be worse than they already are. We can make this process less painful for you or your loved one today.

Xanax Withdrawal Symptoms

Xanax Withdrawal Symptoms

Common Xanax Withdrawal Signs and Symptoms

Withdrawal symptoms or benzodiazepine withdrawal symptoms are a painful process when it comes to emotions, the physical body, and one’s mental well-being. With our help, we can guide you through withdrawal in order to avoid any permanent brain and/or organ damage, as well as death. Death is a huge possibility, as with any benzodiazepine withdrawal, and is to be taken seriously. Mood and mind-altering substances are not to be messed with it comes to withdrawal. If you or your loved one need help, please call our 24-7 hotline of drug and alcohol specialists at (855) 619-8070 today.

Mild Symptoms

  • Headaches
  • Sensitivity to light and sound
  • Blurred Vision
  • Heart Palpitations
  • Sweating
  • Paranoia
  • Panic
  • Tremors
  • Numb Fingers
  • Diarrhea

Chronic Symptoms

  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Mood Swings

Severe Symptoms

  • Seizures
  • Vomiting
  • Possible Death

Xanax Withdrawal Timeline

Xanax Withdrawal Symptoms Timeline

Xanax Schedule for Detox

Below is a summary of how long the timeline may be, and with help, the Xanax schedule for detox does not have to be so unbearable to endure. It is important to keep in mind that everyone is different and symptoms may be more or less severe than others, as well as more prolonged than others depending on how long the benzo was taken, how often it was taken, and what the dosage taken was for the user.

    • 24 – 72 Hours

      Symptoms may appear within a few hours to three days. These symptoms include intense anxiety, insomnia, muscle aches and tremors, low blood pressure, possible seizures, and even death.


    • 3 – 7 Days

      Symptoms will be on a deep rise at this point. From an increased heart rate and sweating to nausea, depression, and panic attacks, this is definitely a painful time. The help of a medical professional at a detox center can ease the deep and hellish pain of these symptoms. For help, call our 24-7 helpline at (855) 619-8070 today.


  • 1 – 2 Weeks

    Depression, irritability, and mood swings are still very much present during this time. Insomnia is still a constant and the high risks of seizures and death is a passing worry at this point.


  • 1+ Months

    Insomnia may have lessened, and physical symptoms may have faded. At this point, for some, post-acute withdrawal syndrome (PAWS) may ensue. This consists of random bouts of the symptoms of withdrawal in random periods of time from here on out. It can pop up anywhere from a few months to a year after withdrawal depending on the person. But as long as the person in withdrawal does not pick up a drink or a drug no matter what, these symptoms will lessen and pass over time along with the person’s dedication to recovery.

Xanax Withdrawal Detox and Treatment

Xanax Withdrawal Detox

Detox can be a dangerous process if it is not supervised by a medical professional. Described as a hellish and incredibly painful process, with the help of professionals, it does not have to be that torturous. Our detox centers and drug treatment facilities are packed full of tools and the means to go through this process as much ease as possible. If you or your loved one attempts to withdraw from Xanax alone, there is a large risk of seizures and possible death. For help, please check out our Find a Rehab section to locate a detox/treatment center near you or at your city and state of choice. You’re just a click away to freedom from active addiction. You do not have to endure this alone.

Xanax Withdrawal Frequently Asked Questions

Xanax Frequently Asked Questions
    • Can you die from withdrawal?

      Without the supervision of a medical professional, the likelihood of seizures, permanent brain and organ damage, and death are high.


    • What if I’m withdrawing from alcohol and Xanax?

      The combination of alcohol and benzodiazepines (e.g. Xanax, Clonazepam, etc.) can be a deadly and damaging duo to detox from without the proper professional supervision. Alcohol is known to be the most painful and deadliest of withdrawal processes. Benzos are right there with alcohol when it comes to dangerous withdrawal syndromes.


    • Can I stop Xanax “cold turkey” safely?

      No. The likelihood of permanent brain damage, seizures, and possible death are high with the cold turkey method, or stopping Xanax all at once without slowly weening off of it. Tapering off Xanax, or any drug, is the best way to go. The amount of tapering necessary to allow this process to be as painless and safe as possible depends on the dosage taken, the duration of Xanax use, and the individual’s body chemistry. For help, contact a medical professional.


    • Is Xanax addictive?

      Xanax is a narcotic and, just like any other narcotic, it can be addictive.


  • Where can I get help for a Xanax addiction?

    Here at Drug Treatment Center Finder, we have a 24-7 hotline of drug and alcohol specialists that can point you to the help you or your loved one have been looking for by dialing this number: (855) 619-8070. We also have a drug treatment/detox finder—click here—for a facility near you or at your city and state of choice. Just remember: you don’t have to do this alone.