When an individual takes two prescription medications at the same time, it is considered polydrug abuse. Polydrug abuse is extremely dangerous, seeing as many drugs interact with one another in a variety of adverse ways. When it comes to Percocet and Xanax, combining the two is exceptionally unsafe, and can often prove to be life-threatening. Percocet is a potent pain medication – an opioid narcotic.
Xanax is a prescription tranquilizer – a medication used to treat severe symptoms of anxiety-related disorders. Combining these two drugs leads to central nervous system depression and slowed breathing, which can ultimately lead to respiratory depression, coma, and death. Medical professionals will never prescribe these two medications at the same time because the potentially fatal interactions are well-known.
Still, some individuals take both medications at one time to enhance the “high” that drug abuse provides. Individually, Xanax abuse and Percocet abuse are very dangerous and will require intensive professional treatment. Those who combine the two medications are at greater risk of an overdose every single time they use, and professional intervention will need to occur right away to prevent accidental death. If you or someone you love has been struggling with polydrug abuse of any kind, call Recreate Life Counseling today. We will help get you started on your journey of addiction recovery.
More on Percocet Addiction
Percocet is a medication consisting of a combination of oxycodone, a potent opioid narcotic, and acetaminophen, an over-the-counter pain reliever. If you believe that you or someone close to you has been struggling with an addiction to Percocet, there are several signs and symptoms to keep an eye out for. These include (but are not limited to):
- Gastrointestinal issues, usually marked by extreme and persistent constipation.
- Insomnia and other sleep-related issues.
- Mood swings, often marked by long periods of significant depression.
- Profuse sweating.
- Respiratory depression and difficulties breathing.
- Low blood pressure.
- Issues with coordination and concentration.
Those struggling with an addiction to Percocet, Xanax, or both will often engage in certain behavioral symptoms of addiction as well. One of the predominant symptoms is doctor shopping, which refers to making appointments with multiple doctors in an attempt to get a larger quantity of the medication in question.
More on Xanax Addiction
Xanax is a potent prescription benzodiazepine, one that is widely prescribed and responsible for a significant amount of overdose-related deaths on an annual basis. It was reported that in the year 2015 alone, there were over 8,000 deaths in the US that were directly linked to benzodiazepine abuse. The majority of men and women that acquire this drug will not receive a prescription but instead receive the medication from a close friend or relative (55% of all users, in fact). On the other hand, only 17.3 percent of American adults who abuse Xanax originally received the prescription from a medical professional.
In the year 2013, there were over 50 million Xanax prescriptions written nationwide. This drug is frequently abused and readily accessible. In many cases, an individual will begin to abuse Xanax, develop a physical tolerance, and then begin combining this drug with other prescription medications like Percocet. Again, combining Xanax and Percocet increases the risk of overdose and several other health-related complications.
Get the Help You Need
Recreate Life Counseling is dedicated to helping men and women of all ages overcome Percocet and Xanax addiction and go on to lead happy and fulfilling lives. We understand that those who have been struggling with polydrug abuse will require a more intensive level of care. Abusing two drugs at one time does excessive damage to the mind and the body. Fortunately, our comprehensive recovery program caters to those who have been grappling with addictive disorders of all severities. To learn more, simply pick up the phone and give us a call.