Drug Use

Xanax & Opioids

Opioids and benzodiazepines, such as Xanax, are two of the most commonly prescribed medications used to treat anxiety disorders. While there are significant differences between these two classes of drugs, they have been linked to similar risks when not taken as instructed.

What is Xanax?

Xanax is an anti-anxiety medication that belongs to a class of drugs called benzodiazepines. It affects the chemicals in the brain that may become unbalanced and cause anxiety. Xanax is used to treat anxiety disorders, panic attacks, and anxiety caused by depression. Common benzos are Xanax, Klonopin, Ativan, and Valium.

Common Side Effects of Xanax

The most common side effects of Xanax include sleepiness, lightheadedness, fatigue, loss of coordination, headaches, and dry mouth. More serious side effects may include confusion, memory problems, or mental health disorders like depression.

What are Opioids?

Opioids are a group of drugs that act on the opioid receptors in the body and brain to produce pain relief. They are commonly prescribed for the treatment of acute or chronic pain, but can also be used recreationally. Common opioid painkiller medications include Oxycodone, Hydrocodone, Codeine, Morphine, Fentanyl, Methadone, Oxycontin, Vicodin, and Percocet.

Common Side Effects of Opioids

The most common side effects of opioids include constipation, nausea, drowsiness, dizziness, itching, and dry mouth. More serious side effects can include panic disorder, respiratory depression, slowed heart rate, constricted pupils, and addiction.

What Happens When You Combine Xanax and Opioids?

Taking opioids in combination with other central nervous system depressants—like Xanax can have a synergistic effect. This means that the combined effects of both drugs are greater than the sum of their individual effects. Combining the two drugs can be dangerous because they both have sedating effects that can lead to fatal overdose deaths. Both prescription opioids and benzodiazepines now carry U.S. Food and Drug Administration-boxed warnings on their labels highlighting the risk of overdose.

Recovering from Substance Use Disorder and Xanax and Opioid Overdose

Substance use disorder is an illness that can be treated with professional help. Treatment usually involves a combination of counseling, medication, and lifestyle changes with healthcare providers. With the right treatment approach and support network, people can overcome substance use disorder and live healthy and fulfilling lives.

Withdrawal Symptoms

Withdrawal symptoms can occur when a person stops taking Xanax or opioids. These symptoms vary in intensity and duration, depending on the substance used. Common withdrawal symptoms may include insomnia, anxiety, cravings, fatigue, nausea, and vomiting.

Visit Caron Treatment Centers for Treatment Today

Caron Treatment Centers provide evidence-based care and treatment programs for individuals struggling with substance use disorder. Through a combination of therapy, medication, and support, Caron can help people make lasting changes in their lives. Contact us today to learn more about our programs and resources.

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