Benzodiazepines: How Long does Xanax Stay in your System

Also known as alprazolam, Xanax is a popular, fast-acting benzodiazepine that is used to treat anxiety and panic disorders. Although all benzodiazepines are depressant drugs that have a tranquilizing effect on the central nervous system, Xanax is a powerful benzo that is easy to become addicted to and is one of the most frequently prescribed drugs in the United States. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, over 17 million Americans used Xanax in  2017 alone. Although Xanax is often used recreationally,  it is a controlled substance that is only meant to be taken as prescribed by a doctor for a maximum of six weeks. Xanax is classified as a Schedule IV drug with a low potential for dependency, but it should still be treated with caution. Misusing Xanax is incredibly dangerous and can be lethal if taken together with alcohol or opioids.