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The facts about Xanax, driving and DUID

Our world is an agitating place, with nonstop streams of detailed information coming at us from all directions. It is no surprise then that anti-anxiety drug Xanax is one of the most prescribed medications on the market.

According to the Physician's Desk Reference (PDR), Xanax slows down brain activity, allowing users to feel calmer and less anxious. That calming effect can be detrimental while driving, however, as Denver residents who have gotten a DUI while taking Xanax can attest.

Xanax is a controlled substance because of it potential for abuse. Users can develop both mental and physical dependence on the medication, which can make withdrawal difficult.

Xanax -- and its generic form alprazolam -- also have side effects, including lightheadedness, drowsiness, seizures and anxiety symptoms in between doses.

Medical News Today says other side effects can include the following:

  • Confusion
  • Impaired coordination
  • Dizziness
  • Blurred vision
  • Hyperventilation
  • Low energy
  • Fainting
  • Slurred speech

The PDR warns users not to drive after taking Xanax, at least until they learn how the drug will affect them. As you can see from the list of possible side effects, a number of them could impair your ability to drive. Others might not impair your ability to drive, but could give a police officer the impression that you are unable to drive safely.

Xanax users are cautioned not to consume alcohol while taking the medication.

While many Colorado residents might believe that taking Xanax according to the dictates of a prescription gives them a certain DUI immunity, the reality is that if you are impaired while driving -- regardless of the substance causing impairment -- you can be arrested for DUI.

A Denver attorney experienced in DUID (driving under the influence of drugs) defense will examine the details of your situation and help you fight to preserve your driver's license and avoid jail.

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