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Does Xanax cause depression?A benzodiazepine depressant that treats anxiety/social anxiety and panic disorders has some less beneficial effects that must be mentioned. Xanax affects the central nervous system, thus can cause depression, too. Xanax and depression are not as closely related as most patients believe.

Most users are well-informed about the physical side effects like slurred speech, seizures, impaired coordination, vertigo and weakness. Depression and low moods are the psychological adverse reactions, yet they are rare.

What Causes Xanax-Related Depression?

Can Xanax cause depression in users? It surely can, however there are specific conditions under which depression develops.

  • Addiction

This is one of them. There are many Xanax addiction and abuse symptoms. They all are various and vary from person to person depending on the level of dependence, dosages, length of addiction and one’s genetic makeup. Along with depression that is often experienced in case of Alprazolam addiction, a person also experiences irritability, increased anxiety and mood swings.

There are frequent reports concerning the connection between Xanax and depression, the worsening or emergence of the condition. The medication also precipitates suicide in those, who are already depressed. The American Psychiatric Association reports on the ability of Xanax to exacerbate symptoms and signs of depression.

  • Combination with other medications

There’s another kind of depression that Xanax can lead to, if it is combined with other drugs. It’s called respiratory depression. Most benzodiazepines lead to respiratory depression. Their combination with opioids, for instance, leads to a respiratory standstill that can cause death.

Tolerance to most effects of the drug develops pretty quickly, which means that cases of respiratory depression are likely to develop in people, who take Xanax for a long time. Long-term users easily tolerate Alprazolam. When the dose gets higher, the risks are high too.

How to Reduce Depression?

The possibility of depression caused by Xanax should be discussed with a healthcare provider. It is possible to prevent its occurrence, if the dose is low and adjusted to one’s needs, health and the intake of other medications. Usually short-term therapies that include Xanax do not lead to depression as a side effect. Long-term ones can trigger complications that are treated with the help of relaxation techniques, exercises and positive thinking.

If any suicidal thoughts occur after a prolonged use of Xanax and depression appears, please have a professional consultation to get qualified support. Call 911, if you can’t reach your doctor and need immediate medical assistance.

Dr. Andrew J. Olson

Author: Dr. Andrew J. Olson

Dr. Andrew J. Olson is a PHD in psychiatry. He is also a psychiatrist consultant at the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust. He also serves as a Clinical Director of the Department of Psychiatry, at Royal Marsden Hospital, in London, UK.


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A benzodiazepine depressant that treats anxiety/social anxiety and panic disorders has some less beneficial effects that must be mentioned. Xanax affects the central nervous system, thus can cause depression, too. Xanax and depression are not as closely related as most patients believe. Most users are well-informed about the physical side effects like slurred speech, seizures, impaired coordination, vertigo and weakness. Depression and low moods are the psychological adverse reactions, yet they are rare. What Causes Xanax-Related Depression? Can Xanax cause depression in users? It surely can, however there are specific conditions under which depression develops. Addiction This is one of…
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