Mixing Paxipam (Halazepam) and Alcohol

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Paxipam is a brand-name prescription drug. While it’s no longer available in the U.S, the generic halazepam is available in other countries around the world. Paxipam is classified as a benzodiazepine, and it was primarily prescribed to treat symptoms of anxiety. Paxipam is a long-acting benzo, and it works similarly to other drugs in this class such as Xanax. These drugs all affect GABA receptors. A neurotransmitter that is responsible for calming neural activity, GABA’s effects are increased with benzos. All benzos slow the central nervous system as well. They’re considered tranquilizers with sedative and muscle-relaxant properties.

All of this means that benzodiazepines do have benefits in the therapeutic sense. Along with anxiety, benzos are prescribed for insomnia, seizure disorders, panic disorders and to mitigate symptoms of alcohol withdrawal. However, benzos do have risks. The biggest risk associated with benzos is substance use disorder. They are Schedule IV substances in the U.S., and physical dependence is possible as well. To reduce the risk of addiction and dependence, physicians will often only recommend this drug class be used for a few weeks.

Paxipam (halazepam) Mixing It and Alcohol
Benzodiazepines on their own can lead to addiction and dependence. These drugs are widely available and are also frequently abused. Even more common than just abusing a benzo like Paxipam is something called polydrug or polysubstance abuse. It’s not uncommon for people to abuse multiple prescription drugs at one time, whether inadvertently or recreationally. For example, a person might combine a benzo like Paxipam with an opioid. They may be prescribed both, but unfortunately the consequences can be very damaging.

Another common scenario with polysubstance abuse is mixing alcohol with prescription drugs. Someone might take their prescription drug and have a few glasses of wine. They might not realize they shouldn’t mix the two, or they could do it without understanding how damaging it can be. So what about mixing Paxipam and alcohol? What are the risks and side effects of this combination?

Alcohol effects users in many of the same ways as Paxipam and other benzodiazepines. Both alcohol and Paxipam are central nervous system depressants, and both affect GABA in the brain. Both are addictive, and people can form a physical dependence on both. Mixing Paxipam and alcohol increases the likelihood of developing a polysubstance abuse problem or an addiction. Since both substances have similar effects, someone might get extremely intoxicated. Both Paxipam and alcohol slow the reflexes, impair cognition and memory, and can cause coordination problems. If the two are combined, it can heighten all the side effects of both substances. Someone who mixes Paxipam and alcohol is at a higher risk of being in an accident or in a dangerous situation.

Beyond those effects, mixing Paxipam and alcohol can be deadly. People rarely overdose on benzodiazepines alone, yet this drug class is involved in a significant percentage of all ER visits because of overdoses. Why is that? Benzos are very frequently used with other substances that are depressants. Alcohol is a depressant, so both substances can slow breathing and heart rate. If essential functions slow too much, a person may go into a coma, may suffer brain damage or can ultimately die.

Mixing Paixpam and alcohol can have long-term effects even in people who don’t experience an overdose. For example, people may have organ failure, and there can be extensive damage to the central nervous system and immune system if this is a combination regularly used. When someone is struggling with addiction of Paxipam and alcohol, this has to be reflected in their addiction treatment. They will require a detox protocol addressing both substances. The person will also need polysubstance addiction treatment.

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