Mixing Xanax and Cocaine: Side Effects, Withdrawal, Overdose & Treatment
Xanax And Cocaine
Although extremely dangerous, cocaine and Xanax is fairly common drug combination. This can be due to a lack of education regarding the dangers, or an even deeper problem, such as addiction. In 2017, over 40 million people reported using cocaine, while over two million admitted using cocaine at least one time or more in the past month. Nearly 15 percent of the population over the age of twelve in the United States reported using cocaine in their lifetime.
Benzodiazepines, like Xanax, are prescribed to treat anxiety disorders. Over 13.5 million people have been prescribed Xanax in 2013, an increase of 67 percent from 1996. This number continues to grow each year.
Cocaine is a central nervous system (CNS) stimulant, activating dopamine neurotransmitters in the brain, whereas Xanax is a CNS depressant and produces relaxation by impacting the gamma-aminobutyric (GABA) receptors on the neurotransmitters. Taking cocaine and Xanax together can result in the drugs masking the effects of one another. This is dangerous and can lead to overdose and other negative consequences.
What Happens When You Mix Xanax and Cocaine?
Many people mix Xanax And Cocaine because they feel that the side effects of one drug cancel out the side effects of the other. Xanax slows the body’s stress responses and lowers a person’s blood pressure, breathing rate, and heart rate. It is normally prescribed for anxiety and panic. Cocaine, on the other hand, is a stimulant drug. It allows people to stay awake for long periods of time and feel happier and energized. It tends to speed up body processes like breathing and heart rate and often raises a person’s blood pressure and body temperature.
However, cocaine highs usually only last for a short period. Once a person crashes, they will often feel worn-out and depressed. Some people feel that taking Xanax can take the edge off of a cocaine high and will help them be more relaxed and avoid negative side effects as they come down from the high.
Unfortunately, often the opposite happens when one mixes Xanax and cocaine. The side effects of each drug often get worse, rather than cancel each other out, when they are used at the same time. Additionally, when cocaine is combined with teen Xanax abuse, kids are more likely to overdose or become addicted to one or both of the drugs. It’s also more difficult to treat addiction when someone has been abusing multiple substances.
Side Effects of Mixing Xanax and Cocaine
Side effects of Xanax use
- Feeling calm and less anxious
- Feeling irritable or restless
- Trouble focusing
- Blurry vision
When people use Cocaine, they may have:
- Euphoria, or feelings of extreme happiness and pleasure
- Extreme energy
- Increased focus
- Feelings of irritability, anxiety or aggression
- Sensitivity to lights and sounds
- Difficulties breathing
The interaction of Xanax and Cocaine may have unexpected and harmful effects on the body. They both affect chemical signals in the brain in slightly different ways, which can lead to conflicting signals to different organs or processes in the body. Additionally, the liver and kidneys are responsible for processing and removing substances. If high levels of multiple substances are taken at the same time, the liver and kidneys may not be able to keep up and toxins might stay in the body longer than they should, damaging other organs.
People who are mixing Xanax and Cocaine might have side effects like:
- Changes in heart rate
- Not being able to focus or think clearly
- Feelings of depression
One of the biggest problems with taking Xanax and Cocaine together is that someone may not even realize they’re having side effects. For example, someone who has taken Xanax may not notice if their breathing rate has slowed down too much because they’re feeling more mentally alert from the cocaine. If some of these drugs’ effects are being masked, people will be more likely to take additional doses and put themselves at risk of overdosing.
Withdrawal Symptoms From Mixing Cocaine And Xanax
Xanax and cocaine withdrawal symptoms can be painful and uncomfortable on their own. Withdrawal from combining cocaine and Xanax can lead to very high blood pressure and painful physical discomfort. Often times, people who combine Xanax and Cocaine take more of both drugs in order to reach the desired effect, or ‘high’. These high levels can increase the intensity of the withdrawal, as well as increase risk for overdose.
Xanax and Cocaine Overdose
An overdose happens when someone takes more of a drug than their body can handle. Overdoses can cause serious damage and result in death. Many overdoses happen because of tolerance and dependence. Tolerance occurs when someone’s body adjusts to having a drug around, and a person needs to take increasingly higher doses of a drug in order to feel an effect.
Dependence happens when the body starts to need the constant presence of a drug in order to work normally, and a person starts going through withdrawal whenever the drug leaves their system. Teens can become tolerant to or dependent on either Xanax or cocaine individually, but their chances go up when they mix both drugs together.
Symptoms of a Xanax and coke overdose
- Confusion or dissociation from reality
- Nausea or vomiting
- Feeling too hot or too cold
- Changes in breathing patterns
- Feeling extreme tiredness
- Feeling off-balance or falling down
- Passing out
Anyone who thinks that they or a friend is going through an overdose should immediately call 911. Overdoses can be life-threatening, but emergency responders carry medicines that help reverse overdose symptoms and can provide life support.
Treatment Options For Polysubstance Abuse
Abusing more than one substance at a time can be unpredictable and dangerous. Mixing cocaine and Xanax can be especially dangerous because those two drugs can have opposite effects. A person can place themselves at risk for addiction or overdose before they even realize it.
Fortunately, at We Level Up Clifornia, we offer treatment for polysubstance abuse. Our facilities are equipped to help individuals detox off a number of drugs, including Xanax and cocaine. Reach out to our treatment specialists today to explore rehabilitation options for cocaine, Xanax or other drugs.
Reclaim Your Life From Cocaine and Xnax
Mixing Xanax and Cocaine is a practice that can cause major health and social problems including addiction and overdose. We Level Up CA Treatment Center can provide you, or someone you love, the tools to recover from addiction with professional and safe treatment. Feel free to call us to speak with one of our counselors. We can inform you about this condition by giving you relevant information. Our specialists know what you are going through. Please know that each call is private and confidential.