Mixing Versed and Alcohol
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Versed works very quickly, especially when it’s injected. It can start working within just a few minutes, but it also has a very brief half-life. As a result, Versed wouldn’t show up in a drug test very long, and it’s eliminated from the system quickly without accumulation. Like other benzos, Versed acts on the GABA neurotransmitter to calm the person taking it and produce sedation. Benzodiazepines slow the central nervous system. Using this drug class can make people seem very intoxicated. Side effects of benzos like Versed include drowsiness, problems walking, loss of coordination, confusion, dizziness and memory loss. Benzos are short-term medications because they can be habit-forming.
Despite the fact that Versed is a fast-acting benzo with a short half-life, residual effects can be felt for a day or two after it’s used. For example, following a procedure involving Versed, a person could feel drowsy and weak for up to two days. Patients are warned against using any substance that can suppress their central nervous system for at least 24 hours after having Versed.
When someone is going to be taking Versed for any reason, they should let the physician know of all substances they regularly take or have taken recently. This includes not only other prescription or illicit drugs but also includes herbal medicines and supplements. For example, St. John’s Wort shouldn’t be used with Versed.
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When someone is mixing Versed and alcohol, it can also increase the chances of certain side effects. A person may become extremely intoxicated and may be at a higher risk of hurting themselves or being in an accident. Someone who mixes Versed and alcohol may black out and be in a dangerous situation as a result. They may also be confused or incoherent. Anytime multiple substances are misused simultaneously, it also increases the risk of polydrug addiction and dependence. There is never a time that it’s a good idea to mix Versed and alcohol. From extreme intoxication to fatal overdose, the risks are significant and avoidable.
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