Xanax and oxycodone are two drugs that are frequently prescribed to people, and while they do have therapeutic benefits, there are also risks that can come with their use. The risk of adverse side effects may be even greater when you combine Xanax and oxycodone.
Below is more information about Xanax and oxycodone independent of one another, as well as information about what would happen if you were to take them at the same time as one another.
Xanax is a benzodiazepine, and it’s prescribed to people for the treatment of anxiety and panic disorders. Xanax acts on the brain and central nervous system like GABA, meaning it slows activity, and creates a sense of calm and relaxation for the user. Other side effects of Xanax may include drowsiness, dizziness or confusion.
While Xanax is helpful as a short-term anxiety treatment, it’s not without risks. One of the primary risks of Xanax is an addiction, and you can also become physically dependent on it relatively quickly. The risk of addiction and dependence is one of the reasons doctors tell patients only to use Xanax for a maximum of a few weeks in most cases.
Benzodiazepines including Xanax are considered central nervous system depressants. This is because the mechanism by which they slow brain activity and treat anxiety also requires that they depress the activity of the CNS in general.
Oxycodone is an opioid pain reliever, and these types of medicines have been in the national spotlight for several years because of the addiction and overdose epidemic they’re part of. Oxycodone is considered a narcotic and it changes how your body feels and responds to pain.
Opioids like oxycodone depress the central nervous system, and they have a high risk of abuse, addiction, and physical dependence. For those reasons, they’re not intended for long periods of use, but unfortunately even when only using them for a short time to treat pain, many people do become addicted.
Oxycodone and other opioids are highly addictive because they bind to opioid receptors in the central nervous system and that triggers a flood of feel-good dopamine into the brain of the user. That stimulates the brain’s reward pathways and triggers a cycle of addiction.
Much like Xanax, opioids like oxycodone can also lead to the development of physical dependence, and when this occurs, and you stop taking them suddenly, you go through withdrawal.
So, what about taking Xanax and oxycodone together? Are there risks, and if so, what are they?
Mixing Xanax and oxycodone can be dangerous or even deadly.
Benzodiazepines, which is what Xanax is, and opioids, which is the class of drugs oxycodone falls into, are some of the most abused drugs in the world and the combination of the two types of drugs is highly risky. Taking Xanax and oxycodone in the same day increases the risk of an overdose, and the reason is because both Xanax and oxycodone depress the activity of the central nervous system and vital functions including respiration.
Benzodiazepines may also heighten the effects of opioids.
There has been research showing that many of the people who die from overdoses involving opioid painkillers were also using benzodiazepines. Some people may combine Xanax and oxycodone to get high, but others may do it inadvertently because they’re prescribed both, and they don’t realize the dangers of mixing them.
It’s unfortunately not uncommon for people to be prescribed Xanax and oxycodone or other similar drugs simultaneously and their doctor might not explain to them the risks that can stem from combining them.
In addition to the risk of overdose or an emergency situation, it’s also important not to mix Xanax and oxycodone because it can raise your risk of addiction and dependence.
Some of the symptoms of an overdose involving Xanax and oxycodone can include confusion, slow or shallow breathing, or unresponsiveness.
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