How Long Does Xanax Stay In Your Blood?

Medically Reviewed by Johnelle Smith, M.D. on June 21, 2021

Xanax (alprazolam) can remain in the blood for up to two days, on average. This timeline may be longer for people who have been taking Xanax for a long period of time.

How Long Can Xanax Be Detected In Your Blood?

The amount of time Xanax remains detectable in your blood will depend on a range of factors, including the nature of your Xanax use and how long you’ve been taking Xanax.

Detecting Xanax In Blood

Xanax (alprazolam) is a habit-forming benzodiazepine that can stay in the blood for up to two days after last use.

What Factors Can Affect How Long Xanax Stays In Blood?

The timeline for how long Xanax will stay in your blood can vary according to a variety of personal and biological factors.

These factors can include:

  • how long you’ve been taking Xanax
  • amount used
  • method of use (i.e. swallowing, snorting, injecting, or smoking)
  • metabolic rate
  • liver and kidney function
  • body fat percentage

People who have been taking Xanax for a long time may have traces of Xanax left in their system for longer than the average person.

Impaired liver or kidney function can also result in a longer detection window.

How To Get Xanax Out Of Your System

The only way to get Xanax out of your blood is to stop taking it. As simple as this sounds, this may not be feasible for everyone.

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Taking Xanax for a long time, or misusing it, can cause a buildup of it in the body. It can also cause physical reliance on Xanax, known as drug dependence.

If you’re dependent on Xanax, it can be unsafe to try and stop taking it all at once. Do not try to adjust your Xanax dose without first speaking to a doctor.

Getting off Xanax may require either tapering your dosage—with medical guidance—or seeking additional support through a detoxification program.

Call Today To Find Xanax Detox And Addiction Treatment

Testing positive for Xanax is a common concern among people who abuse or are addicted to Xanax. If this describes you, you’re not alone.

Getting off Xanax safely is possible. Call our helpline today to learn more about the signs of Xanax addiction or how to find a Xanax detox program near you.

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Medically Reviewed by
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