In the recent years, opioid addiction and prescription drug addiction has been a growing problem in the United States. The number of drug overdoses and overdose-related deaths has been multiplying year after year. A common practice among users is to take more than one substance, and it is this mixing that is a large contributor to the quantity of overdoses and drug-related deaths in the country. A common cause of overdose is the mixing of drugs which counteract or intensify the effects of the other. The dangers of mixing Xanax and Vicodin or other common sedatives and depressants include overdose, coma, and organ failure.
Mixing drugs is either done accidentally, with no intention or prior knowledge of the two drug’s adverse chemical interaction, or as a means to achieve a stronger high. This can be extremely dangerous, as it can cause ill effects and can even be lethal. A popular drug combination is Vicodin (hydrocodone) and Xanax (alprazolam), because Xanax is said to intensify the desired effects of Vicodin. Research on hospital records and death rates prove that when used together, these two drugs are a deadly concoction.
Vicodin is a prescription opioid medication that is made up of acetaminophen and hydrocodone. This drug is used to treat short-term, moderate to relatively severe pain. Vicodin works by attaching onto opioid receptors in the brain that deny signals of pain from being received. Common side effects of Vicodin include drowsiness, dizziness, nausea, headaches, constipation, and problems with breathing. People can quickly build up a tolerance to the drug, which can lead to abuse and addiction. When this occurs, the person will need to undergo opioid addiction recovery to help manage withdrawal symptoms and successfully break their Vicodin dependency.
Xanax is a benzodiazepine drug that is used for the treatment of anxiety disorders and panic attacks. Xanax works to relax the person taking it, as well as produce a sense of euphoria. The drug’s ability to calm the mind is what makes it valuable for treating panic and anxiety disorders. However, it is because of this that Xanax has recently become increasingly popular. When stress is ever-present, the idea of popping a pill to eliminate worry or emotional and mental tension is very appealing to people in high-stress professions. But, the calming effect of Xanax does not continue to take place at the same dosages. A tolerance will begin to develop, and eventually people wind up taking way more than they are prescribed. Oftentimes, this results in addiction. A person who is abusing Xanax may appear drunk, as it causes similar effects as alcohol: slurred speech, lack of coordination, and drowsiness. If a person attempts to quit using “cold turkey,” they may suffer withdrawal symptoms that can drive them back to use. Xanax abuse is when a person takes too much or for too long. This can lead to addiction and various unpleasant symptoms of withdrawal. Xanax abuse can be fatal, if taken in large amounts or if used in combination with drugs or alcohol.
The combination of Vicodin and Xanax is a prevalent issue in today’s society. When taken alone, these two drugs are able to create feelings of euphoria in the user, but when taken together, these effects become greatly amplified. In many circumstances, a person first starts taking Vicodin, and with time a tolerance to the drug begins to develop. In order to achieve the same high, people will take a larger dosage. However, because Xanax can heighten the effects of Vicodin, many people choose to mix the two drugs together instead. This form of abuse, similar to all forms of drug abuse, has a high potential for addiction. Mixing Vicodin and Xanax can cause confusion, drowsiness, dizziness, and a lack of focus and concentration.
One’s motor functioning and ability to think or have good judgement can become impaired when they mix Xanax and Vicodin, which can put them in harm’s way. People who mix these drugs put themselves at risk for dangers such as getting into a minor or fatal accident, overdose, and even death. Overdosing on this mixture is common, as this can lead to a decrease in breathing and heightened sedation. When too much of one or both of the drug is taken and an overdose occurs, these two effects can lead to a coma, lack of oxygen reaching the brain, organ failure, brain damage, and death. When breathing is stopped or reduced, or an individual becomes over-sedated, immediate medical attention will be needed. Individuals who abuse Vicodin and Xanax, or who have overdoses on the mixture, should seek addiction treatment to help them discontinue drug use and regain sobriety. Mixing Vicodin and Xanax is incredibly dangerous and should never be done unless authorized by a licensed doctor.
It vital that patients tell their doctor exactly which medications they are currently taking, so that negative drug interactions can be successfully avoided. If you or someone you know is abusing Vicodin and Xanax, and is in need to effective addiction treatment, contact and addiction specialist to learn more about your options. Comprehensive addiction treatment programs are they key to recovery and can change a person’s life entirely, for the better. Speak with an addiction specialist today for more information on treatment and how to get started. Call (877) 214-6008 to learn more.
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