How Long Does Xanax Stay in Your System?

Detection Timetable Depends on Many Variables

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Xanax (alprazolam) is used to treat anxiety disorders and panic attacks. It is a benzodiazepine that works by decreasing abnormal excitement in the brain. U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration

Determining exactly how long Xanax is detectable in the body depends on many variables, including which kind drug test is being used. Xanax - which is a Benzodiazepine (alprazolam) - can be detected for a shorter time with some tests, but can be "visible" for up to three months in other tests.

The timetable for detecting Xanax in the system is also dependent upon each individual's metabolism, body mass, age, hydration level, physical activity, health conditions and other factors, making it almost impossible to determine an exact time Xanax will show up on a drug test.

The following is an estimated range of times, or detection windows, during which Xanax can be detected by various testing methods:

How Long Does Xanax Stay in Urine?

Xanax can be detected in a urine test for up to 1-6 weeks

How Long Does Xanax Remain in the Blood?

Blood tests for Xanax can detect the drugs for up to 6-48 hours

How Long Can Xanax Be Detected in Saliva?

A saliva test can detect Xanax for 1-10 days

How Long Does Xanax Remain in Hair?

Xanax, like like many other drugs, can be detected with a hair follicle drug test for up to 90 days.

Avoid Xanax Overdose

Xanax is a benzodiazepine and therefore a central nervous system depressant. Is used to treat anxiety disorders and panic attacks and works by decreasing abnormal excitement in the brain.

Xanax is sometimes prescribed to treat depression, fear of open spaces, and premenstrual syndrome.

It is necessary to know how long Xanax remains in the system to avoid an accidental overdose.

Symptoms of Xanax overdose can include:

If you suspect that someone has taken an overdose of Xanax call 9-1-1 or the poison control center at 1-800-222-1222.


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