Although drug substances are dangerous on their own and become more dangerous when mixing it with other drugs. Sometimes, one drug can increase the effect of another drug. When a user mix drugs with other substance, he put himself at risk of overdose, even more so than when he is only abusing one substance at one time. Klonopin and Xanax are two different drugs that sometimes used together.
Klonopin is the brand name for generic drug clonazepam. It is available in three different strengths of clonazepam 0.5 mg, 1 mg, and 2 mg. Klonopin is a prescription medicine that classified as benzodiazepine (known for its calming effect) tranquilizer. This medication is primarily used for the treatment of Panic disorder and Anxiety disorder. There are some reports of its use in seizure problems.
As a benzodiazepine tranquilizer, Klonopin affects the CNS (central nervous system), in particular, the gamma-aminobutyric acid-A receptors inside the human brain. GAMA receptors stop and reduce activity in the nerve cells in the brain, ultimately make them resistant to the excitement. The drugs of Benzodiazepine group are among the most widely prescribed group of medications according to the documentation of the National Institute of Health.
How Common is Benzodiazepine Abuse?
The report of the National Survey on drug use and health (2010) has revealed that an estimated 2.4 million users use prescription drugs for non-medical purposes. According to the Substance abuse and mental health services administration, about 5 million Americans ages 12 years or less than it, misused benzodiazepine tranquilizer.
Why Do People Mix Xanax And Klonopin?
Xanax and Klonopin, both belong to the same family Benzodiazepine, their effect and use are also same. Users mix these substances to enhance the impact of a particular drug. Klonopin lasts longer than Xanax; however, Xanax has a shorter half-life (an estimated time in which the body eliminates the half of medicine) and affects people more quickly than Klonopin. Many users mix substances to feel more relax and relieve tension.
These drugs also cause the following desired symptoms:
- Reduced worry and anxiety
- Muscle relaxation, etc.
What Are The Short-Term Risks Of Taking Xanax With Klonopin?
The users who abuse Xanax without any other substance are at risk for stomach problems, including vomiting and nausea. They may have some other issues too, including;
- Double vision or blurred vision
- Memory impairment
- Lack of focus
- Loss of muscle coordination
- Drowsiness and disorientation
- Slurred speech and difficulty producing words
Note – These symptoms may also occur in the case of Klonopin misuse.
Generally, the use of Xanax or Klonopin alone is not as deadly, as noted by the CBS news. However, these drugs become fatal when they are mixed with other drugs or alcohol.
According to the medical news today states, Xanax alone can cause mild to severe side effects from an overdose. When it with Klonopin, the symptoms are heightened.
Symptoms Of A Drug Overdose –
- Uncontrolled muscle movements
- Chest pain
- Poor coordination
- Difficulty breathing
- Slurred speech
- Abnormal heart rate
- Slow reflexes
- Rapid heartbeat, etc.
What Are The Long-Term Risks Of Taking Xanax With Klonopin?
Mixing these drugs regularly has the potential to increase the severity of the long-term consequences of Benzodiazepine tranquilizer. Chronic use and abuse of drugs in this classification can cause cognitive deficits. Users who mix Xanax and Klonopin may have a difficult time focusing or concertation issues.
Other Severe Symptoms Of Using Xanax And Klonopin Together;
- Brain damage
- Delirious states
- Impulsive behaviors and mood swings
- Drug addiction (drowsiness, cognitive impairment, vomiting, and nausea, etc.)
- Rapid formation of physical dependence
- Withdrawal symptoms (blurred vision, headaches, muscle pain, tremors, insomnia, diarrhea, etc.)
- Loss of memory
- Confusion, etc.
Note – There are about 456 drugs, which can interact Xanax. Never take this medication with other medications before making a proper consultation with your doctor.