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Is Xanax bad for your liverThere’s hardly a faster acting medication for panic attacks, insomnia, stress and anxiety disorders than Xanax. This medication is referred as a sedative that is now used for a pretty wide range of health conditions. Yet still, if it’s administered during a long period, a patient becomes more tolerant to its active ingredients and requires higher doses in time. When the doses get higher, desired effects are accompanied by those that aren’t expected or wanted.

Over the past years more and more patients worldwide want to know about Xanax and liver damage that it can cause. Is it true that the medication leads to really serious complications?

How Does Xanax Work on Liver?

When Xanax is administered it always affects liver enzymes. The enzymes are proteins, and they are used by liver cells for speeding up the time of reaction. ALT and AST are the main enzymes in liver. AST are in the liver or blood cells, skeletal muscles or some organs. Their increase may happen when a Xanax dose is administered. If this happens, the liver cells get injured. Xanax liver damage can take place when the levels are above 1.000 U/L (7-40 U/L is norm).

What Are the Symptoms and Signs of Complications?

Very serious complications and even death occur in case the damage is unnoticed or it is simply left untreated, which is a frequent case. At first, Xanax drug manufacturers didn’t fully inform patients and healthcare providers about the dangers of drug consumption.

When the liver disease is caused as a drug side effect, it usually goes unnoticed for months or even years. If the condition gets into its severe stage, it is also accompanied by serious health consequences or death. Knowing the initial symptoms of Xanax liver damage is important for preventing further complications. Here are some of the first signs:

  • Diarrhea;
  • Nausea;
  • Appetite loss;
  • Fatigue.

When the condition progresses, these mild symptoms turn into rather severe ones and require immediate medical care. To this type of symptoms belong:

  1. Bleeding;
  2. Confusion and mental disorientation;
  3. Jaundice;
  4. Sleepiness;
  5. Swollen abdomen;
  6. Coma.

So, does Xanax affect your liver? Yes, it does. However, the damage is severe only if the medication is administered for a long time and in doses higher than prescribed. If Xanax is a part of a short-term treatment, there’s nothing serious to get worried about.

How to Overcome the Side Effect?

Frankly speaking, there are many things that a patient can do for lowering down the liver enzymes that have been elevated by Xanax. Most ways are natural. Dietary changes, beneficial probiotic supplementation as well as herbal cleanses should be included to improve liver enzymes. These changes should become a habit, if Xanax is a part of a long-term treatment course.

To get more information, have a professional consultation. Or you can call 911 whenever first complications occur and you find it hard to deal with them on your own.

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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