In this article, I’m going to educate you on the subject of mixing oxycodone and Xanax, Klonopin, Valium, and other benzos. Taking oxycodone and Xanax or other benzos together is not good for your health. Additionally, this combination can even have serious negative consequences, including overdose and death.
My goal with this post is to inform you on what the combination of oxycodone and Xanax or other benzos does in your body, and why this mixture is not recommended by doctors, addiction therapists, nor me.
Many things are fine to mix with oxycodone. However, Xanax and other benzos are not some of them. Why is it a bad idea to mix oxycodone and Xanax?
Let’s talk about this…shall we?
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Oxycodone and Xanax – Oxycodone Overview
Oxycodone is a prescription opiate painkiller. Opiates are drugs that are derived from the opium poppy plant. Despite all of the associated negative aspects (addiction, overdose, crime, etc.), oxycodone still has a positive intent. Oxycodone is commonly prescribed for the treatment of moderate to severe pain.
Oxycodone attaches to specific proteins called opioid receptors, which are located on nerve cells in the brain, spinal cord, GI tract, and other organs.
Once oxycodone attaches to the opioid receptors, the oxycodone effects come on, which include, but are not limited to:
- Pain Relief
Oxycodone and Xanax – Xanax Overview
Alprazolam (sold under the brand name Xanax) is a potent, short-acting benzodiazepine anxiolytic (a minor tranquilizer). Xanax effects include anxiolytic, anticonvulsant, muscle relaxant, hypnotic and amnesic; however, it is used mainly as an anxiolytic.
Oxycodone and Xanax – Dangers of Mixing Oxycodone and Benzos
Oxycodone and Xanax are not recommended to be taken together because the combination can be deadly. Many people have died from taking oxycodone and Xanax together.
Here is a bullet-point breakdown of the problem with this mixture:
- For starters, both types of drugs are central nervous system (CNS) depressants.
- Oxycodone is a powerful opiate.
- Alone, both oxycodone and Xanax or other benzos have the ability to cause significant respiratory depression. Used together, this combination results in synergy.
- Oxy/benzo synergy is when the combined effect is greater than the sum of the effects of these two CNS depressants.
When you combine two CNS depressants, in this case, oxycodone and Xanax or other benzos, this significantly increases the chances of respiratory depression and can ultimately lead to death from your body not breathing anymore.
Oxycodone and Xanax – Key Concepts
Now that you’ve been educated on the potential negative health consequences of mixing oxycodone and Xanax or other benzos, I hope you’ll stay away from Xanax, Klonopin, Valium, Ativan, and other benzos while you’re on this medication.
You only have one body, so treat it well.
The following key concepts will help you stay healthy on oxycodone:
- Avoid the combination of oxycodone and Xanax, Klonopin, Valium, Ativan, or other benzos.
- Avoid all other CNS depressants (such as alcohol) while taking oxycodone.
- Drink at least 4-5 liters of water a day or more.
- If you drink soda, cut that out too or at least limit it to no more than 1-2 sodas a week.
- Focus on eating primarily organic whole foods, and eliminate or limit processed and refined foods.
- Make sure you get at least 7-8 hours of sleep or more per night on a regular basis.
- Exercise at least 3-4 days a week or more, using a combination of cardio, strength-training, and stretching.
As a former substance abuse counselor at an Opiate Treatment Program (OTP) and a current Opiate Recovery Coach, I’ve always been outspoken about the potential dangers of mixing oxycodone or other opioids with other CNS depressants.
The synergy is real, and thus it’s really not worth the risk.
If you have any comments or questions about the topic of mixing oxycodone and Xanax or other benzos, please post them in the comment box below. Be safe, and take care of yourself.