If your health provider is considering prescribing you a new medication, it’s essential to be honest with him or her and discuss any other substances you are currently taking, including other prescriptions, over-the-counter medicines, vitamins and even herbal substances. Trazodone is one such combination that should be monitored closely by a doctor.
This information is important because both of these drugs can have adverse interactions, ranging from mild to severe, and in extreme cases, death. The following is information regarding the effects of Xanax and Trazodone used independently and details risks or interactions that might exist if used in combination.
What Is Xanax?
Xanax is one of the drugs that are most commonly prescribed to patients in the U.S. to treat the symptoms of panic and anxiety disorders in adults. While Xanax does have therapeutic uses, people must take it as directed. Moreover, Xanax is intended to be a short-term treatment for anxiety because it has the potential to be habit-forming, and the development of physical dependence is possible.
Xanax is classified as a benzodiazepine (benzo), and while it is available by prescription, individuals frequently abuse this drug to get high or feel relaxed or sleepy. It’s imperative to use caution when using Xanax and follow instructions issued by a physician or pharmacist.
Xanax can interact with other psychoactive substances adversely. For instance, if you mix Xanax and opioid painkillers, it can cause oversedation, ultimately resulting in an overdose or even death. Also, Xanax shouldn’t be used with many over-the-counter or prescription sleep aids unless instructed by a health provider.
What Is Trazodone?
Trazodone is an antidepressant classified as a serotonin modulator, meaning that it regulates the levels of the neurotransmitter serotonin in the brain. It’s available in generic and brand name form. Along with treating depression, it may also be prescribed to treat anxiety, schizophrenia, or the uncontrollable movements that may manifest with the use of other medications.
In some cases, trazodone is also prescribed to treat symptoms related to sleep disorders, such as insomnia, but it is not believed to impair brain function or thinking. When people use trazodone, their depression may get worse before it gets better, and those on this medication should be vigilant about noting any mood changes while taking it.
There is a relatively small potential for abuse with trazodone, but it is possible for individuals to feel high if they take excessive doses of it, producing hallucinations. However, there is also the risk of overdose and severe side effects, so it’s hazardous to use trazodone recreationally.
Trazodone can adversely interact with several drugs, including blood thinners, MAO inhibitors, and other antidepressants.
Trazodone and Xanax: Potential Interactions
In most instances, some of the most significant risks of combining medications or drugs stem from the fact that they both might affect the same brain region and function and could cause side effects as a result. For example, if Xanax is taken with opioid pain relievers, they both depress activity in the central nervous system (CNS). This effect can lead to perilously slow respiration, overdose, and death.
Trazodone and Xanax do not actually impact the same neurotransmitters and pathways in the body. They both affect the CNS differently, which reduces the risk of dangerous interactions occurring if these two substances are taken together.
Theoretically, trazodone and Xanax can be used together, but some individuals might experience amplified side effects of one or both. For example, a person might experience more severe confusion, dizziness, and coordination and concentration impairments if you take Xanax and trazodone in conjunction.
Since both trazodone and Xanax have the potential for abuse, dependence, and addiction, the risk of these scenarios occurring may be higher if they are both taken together, particularly if one or both drugs are being abused. Polysubstance use disorder is more complicated to treat than addiction to just one substance and, as noted, can be riskier in terms of side effects and the possibility of overdose.
Both trazodone and Xanax can lead to the development of physical dependence. This condition means the body has become dependent on them after using them repeatedly. When a person is dependent on a drug and stops taking it abruptly, they will encounter unpleasant withdrawal symptoms, which may be severe enough to feel they are warranted in returning to drug use to alleviate unwanted feelings and effects.
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