Can Xanax and Valium Be Taken Together?
If you take any prescription medicine, it’s important to ensure you’re fully aware of any side effects of interactions it can create. Two drugs that are often prescribed to people are Xanax and Valium, but can Xanax and Valium be taken together?
Below is a rundown of what Xanax and Valium are separate from one another, and also how they could interact or what could happen if you take them together.
Can Xanax and Valium be taken together? Before answering this question, what is Xanax?
Xanax is a prescription benzodiazepine that’s given to patients to treat symptoms of panic and anxiety. It works on the brain by slowing activity of the neurons, and then the person using it feels calmer and more relaxed.
While Xanax does have therapeutic benefits, it’s also a drug that has risks including the risk of dependence and addiction. That’s why it’s only intended for short-term use. In fact, people shouldn’t use Xanax for more than a few weeks because of the addiction potential. Even when using Xanax for a short period of time as prescribed by a doctor there is also the potential for dependence. When someone is physically dependent on Xanax and stop taking it, especially suddenly, they may go through withdrawal, and some Xanax withdrawal symptoms can be severe.
Xanax is often used recreationally, particularly at high doses, and it can cause a euphoric high or a deep and pleasant sense of relaxation. It’s also commonly abused with other substances such as alcohol, but this can be risky or deadly.
While Xanax should never be taken with alcohol or opioids, can Xanax and Valium be taken together? First, is information about the specifics of Valium.
Valium has many similarities to Xanax and in particular the fact that they’re both classified as benzodiazepines. Much like Xanax, Valium is prescribed to treat anxiety and panic disorders, but it can also be used to help with seizure disorders, acute alcohol withdrawal, and chronic sleep disorder.
The generic name for Valium is diazepam, and similarly to Xanax, it works by boosting the activity of the neurotransmitter GABA in the brain, which is responsible for the transmission of signals throughout the body. If you don’t have enough GABA, you may start to feel anxious.
Since Xanax and Valium are in the same drug class, many of their interactions are the same as one another. For example, you shouldn’t take Xanax and Valium with not only alcohol, but antihistamines, antidepressants, or anti-seizure medications.
Also similar with Xanax and Valium is the fact that people shouldn’t take these drugs if they have a history of drug dependence since both can be habit-forming.
Common side effects of Xanax and Valium may include drowsiness, feeling lightheaded, impaired balance or coordination, and problems with memory. People can become dependent on Xanax and Valium even after just a few days of taking them, and the risks of this happening go up the longer you take them. Withdrawal symptoms of Xanax and Valium can include anxiety, tremors, irritability, sleep disturbances, seizures, vomiting, and diarrhea.
While there are many similarities with Xanax and Valium, there are some differences. For example, Xanax tends to take effect more slowly than Valium, and it is active for a shorter period of time.
If you’re wondering, “can Xanax and Valium be taken together,” the answer is no, they shouldn’t be. There are some big reasons you shouldn’t take Xanax and Valium together, and the biggest one is the risk of respiratory depression.
Both Xanax and Valium work on the same pathways in the central nervous system, and they slow activity so that you feel more relaxed or even drowsy. With that comes depression of the respiratory system, and if you take too much Xanax or Valium, or you mix them, your breathing may become so slow that you overdose, slip into a coma or die. It’s important that you don’t mix drugs that are from the same class because it’s essentially like taking more of the same drug than you’re supposed to.
Even if your respiration doesn’t become dangerously slow, if you take Xanax and Valium together you’re going to experience more significant side effects and seem very intoxicated.
There also shouldn’t be a reason to take them together, since they are intended to work in the same way.
If you’re taking Xanax and Valium together, you’re also increasing the chance that you’ll abuse them, become dependent or become addicted to one or both of these substances.
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