What Happens When You Mix Xanax and Alcohol?
Xanax is a trademarked prescription drug, which is also known as alprazolam. This drug is classified by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) as a benzodiazepine drug, which is considered a depressant. It is often prescribed to treat people suffering from panic attacks and anxiety. When prescribed, warnings highly recommend to not consume alcoholic beverages while on this medication.
Xanax affects the brain and helps simulate a relaxing effect by increasing the release of the chemical dopamine by the brain. As dopamine levels increase, it can create a euphoric state to help people better deal with their anxiety or panic disorder.
Alcohol is also considered a depressant. Many of the side effects of abusing Xanax are similar to those of abusing alcohol. It is important to remember, abusing just one of these drugs can lead to serious dependency issues and increased health risks.
Combining both Xanax and alcohol further amplifies the health risks and dependency upon the drugs. Since the effects are intensified, the likelihood of an accidental overdose is greater. Furthermore, the effects experienced and dangerous consequences of consuming both together become even more pronounced.
For an addict, the amount of Xanax and alcohol needed to achieve certain feelings, like numbness, euphoria, relaxation, or drowsiness requires taking greater amounts of Xanax and consuming more alcohol. This can lead to more serious risks, including:
- Loss of Consciousness
- Black Outs
- Memory Loss
- Prolonged Dizzy Spells
- Respiratory Problems
- Central Nervous System Problems
- Impaired Cognitive Functions
What if I Skip Xanax Doses to Consume Alcohol?
You should never skip taking prescribed doses of Xanax in favor of consuming alcohol. Even skipping a dose here and there, and believing you can consume alcohol, is dangerous to your health and well-being. Xanax is a time-released drug and can remain within your body for several days after fully stopping the medication.
Additionally, you should not discontinue your Xanax prescription without consulting your physician. The withdrawal symptoms are similar to those of people suffering from alcoholism. Rather, it is better to follow the advice and recommendations of your healthcare provider to be weaned from Xanax.
How Xanax Dependency Relates to Alcoholism
Some people who previously took Xanax and miss the feelings they experienced can turn to drinking as a substitute drug, even if they did not consume alcohol while taking Xanax. In order to achieve the same effects, people tend to consume a larger amount of alcohol and eventually become alcoholics. In some cases, their dependency on Xanax is so strong they could also attempt to purchase the drug illegally.
In conclusion, if you are prescribed Xanax, you should not drink alcohol while taking this drug because of the dangers to your health and well-being. If you feel you have developed a dependency for either Xanax or alcohol, or are using both drugs simultaneously, it is important to seek help from our Orange County rehab center.
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