Taking opioids with benzodiazepines (benzos) is extremely dangerous and can be deadly. Opioids, such as Vicodin or oxycodone are used to treat moderate to severe pain. Benzos are used to treat anxiety, alcohol withdrawal, insomnia, and muscle tension. The most commonly prescribed benzos are Xanax and Valium. Mixing opioids with benzos increases the risks of health complications and causes harmful effects to the liver, heart, and breathing. This toxic combination can also have negative effects on emotional stability and mental well-being.
Some medications that treat depression, anxiety, and other mental health illnesses have risks of complications when taken alone. Opioids combined with these medications can have unintentional consequences and increase the risk of serious health complications, overdose, and death.
Opioids and benzos are the most commonly abused prescription drugs. Combining painkillers and benzos increases the risk of overdose. Some patients take more of the drugs than prescribed to get high. Benzos enhance the effects of opioids, which increases the risk of abuse and addiction. Mixing any two drugs together will increase the probability of hurting yourself or others and can cause fatal accidents.
Prescription and over-the-counter medications usually have a warning label indicating the harmful effects they have when mixed with other medications or alcohol. Most painkillers are safe and effective when taken appropriately or as prescribed. Prescription pain medicine mixed with benzos can cause serious drug interactions and increase the risk of stomach bleeding, heart attack, stroke, or impaired breathing.
All drugs have side effects whether over-the-counter, prescription, or recreational. Mixing opioids with benzos is a deadly combination. Read warning labels, know the side effects, and ask a doctor or pharmacist about adverse interactions.
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