Diazepam, lorazepam, temapzepam, alprazolam (Xanax) are all in benzodiazepines. They tend to slow the body’s natural systems such as breathing, heart, muscles and thoughts. They act on GABA (gamma-Aminobutyric acid) brain receptors, a neurotransmitter which naturally occurs in a person’s brain and central nervous system nerve cells. This is an inhibitory system and so acts to calm a person’s nerves. Tolerance develops which is when someone needs more of a substance to get the same effect. This is physical dependence and leads to withdrawal symptoms when discontinued or reduced too quickly.
Withdrawal symptoms include; Insomnia, muscle tension, paraesthesia’s or numbness/tingling in the extremities, digestive upset, depression, anxiety, tremors and Seizures which can be life threatening. It is advised that people don’t stop using XANAX without professional help from a qualified practitioner.