Centrax (Prazepam) Overdose
Another way benzodiazepines like Centrax affect the brain is by depressing the central nervous system (CNS). The CNS is responsible for controlling essential bodily functions like breathing and maintaining a stable heart rate. Outwardly, the effects of CNS depression can cause side effects like impaired coordination, walking problems and slurred speech.
People often wonder if they can overdose on benzodiazepines. The answer is yes -but single-drug benzodiazepine overdoses are rare. If someone experiences benzodiazepine toxicity, the symptoms are usually milder than they would be with other drugs. For example, the symptoms of an overdose just involving Centrax might include impaired balance, slurred speech and ataxia. However, when benzodiazepines are combined with other substances, dangerous overdoses happen.
Drug overdose can be fatal. If you suspect someone is experiencing an overdose, call 911 immediately. Do NOT be afraid to seek help. If you do not have access to a phone contact Web Poison Control Services for online assistance.
Benzodiazepines and opioids make a particularly risky combination. For years, doctors were not aware of the potential risks of combining these drugs together and would often prescribe them together. Now, there is a black box warning regarding this combination. Both benzodiazepines, like Centrax, and opioids suppress the central nervous system. When someone combines them, they are more likely to experience respiratory depression that can become fatal. Signs of an overdose include:
- Slowed breathing or shallow breathing
- Not breathing at all
- Blue fingertips or lips
- Disorientation or confusion
Any suspected drug overdose is a medical emergency. It is essential to seek care right away if someone is suspected to be overdosing from Centrax or any other drug. The best way to prevent a Centrax overdose is to only take this medication with a valid prescription and to follow dosage instructions. It’s also important to let a physician know about any other substances that are regularly used before taking Centrax. Using Centrax recreationally or combining it with other substances are two of the primary overdose risk factors -which are completely avoidable.
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