Xanax is a tranquilizer used to treat anxiety, generally making a person feel calmer, because it depresses the central nervous system. One major effect it has is slowing the rate of breathing. Alcohol also depresses the central nervous system, so combining it with Xanax is a very bad idea.
Alcohol alone is often used as a relaxant, so it might almost seem logical to a regular alcohol user to enhance that effect with Xanax. Alcohol use can strengthen the depressing of the central nervous by Xanax. It may also reduce cognitive function even more than just using one or the other, which could cause a person to drink more, or take additional Xanax leading to an overdose. Mixing alcohol with Xanax may also reduce the normal clearance of Xanax from the body.
The combination can also reducing the breathing rate dangerously, cause severe sedation, or even stop breathing completely. “Both the alcohol and Xanax are pulmonary suppressants — they slow down your breath. If you take too much, you can stop breathing. Your breathing gets so shallow that you pass out and stop breathing,” said Clare Waismann Kavin, Beverly Hills Addiction Specialist, when commenting on the recent death of Whitney Houston. (Source: Hollywood Life)
Xanax is one of the top-selling prescription drugs. It is has become so popular some clinics are not prescribing it any longer. Prescription drug abuse has become a major public health problem in the United States.
What is especially sad is that cognitive behavioral therapy is effective for managing and reducing anxiety, but taking pills seems to be more popular even with the potential for addiction and the health risks.
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