Harm Reduction

• Alcohol can interact negatively with benzodiazepines, so it’s not a good idea to drink while you’re taking them
• Benzodiazepines can also interact with one another, so it’s not a good idea to take Xanax/alprazolam if you are already taking something similar. If in doubt, check with a doctor
• If you’ve been prescribed Xanax/alprazolam and you notice a tolerance starting to develop (you need to keep taking more to get the same effect) speak to your doctor- don’t just start increasing your dose yourself
• Don’t suddenly stop taking them, or you may start to experience symptoms of withdrawal- these can range from a return of your original symptoms (possibly even worse than before) to totally new symptoms
• If you have become addicted to Xanax, the symptoms of abruptly stopping are likely to be even worse- it’s important to get to get proper medical advice on how to reduce your intake slowly
• It’s also possible to become psychologically dependent on the drug (feeling like you need it all the time)- if you think this is happening, see your doctor as soon as possible, but don’t suddenly stop