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Dangers of Using Benzodiazepines with Opiates

Dangers of Using Benzodiazepines with OpiatesThe reason that prescription medications require medical supervision is because they are addictive and can devastate users. Prescribed medications are intended for specific purposes, and the dosage hinges on several factors, like gender, age, height, weight and the ailment being treated. When prescribing these drugs, medical professionals consider the other medications (prescribed, over-the-counter, herbal and etc.) that a patient is currently taking. This is because the medical professional wants to minimize negative interactions when combining medications. Finally, medical professionals consider the mental, emotional and behavioral state of the patient. If a San Diego resident cannot manage her medication, the medical professional may prescribe a medication that is less addictive.

Information about Opiates

An opiate is any narcotic alkaloid that is made from the poppy plant, as well as many synthetic chemicals derived from such alkaloids. The most commonly known opiates are morphine, codeine and thebaine: morphine and codeine are prescribed for pain; thebaine but can be converted into many compounds, including oxycodone, oxymorphone, nalbuphine, naloxone, naltrexone, buprenorphine and etorphine. San Diego residents may abuse any of these substances, as they are all addictive.

Information about Benzodiazepines

Benzodiazepines (such as Xanax, Paxal, Klonopin, Valium and Ativan) are often prescribed to treat anxiety and to calm patients during a manic episode. There are over 40 prescription benzodiazepines that have amnesic, sedative/hypnotic, anticonvulsant and muscle-relaxant properties. These drugs are quite powerful and addictive, so San Diego residents would do well to communicate any drug abuse with their prescribing doctors.

Signs of Opiate Abuse

If a San Diego resident abuses opiates, he may present any of the following symptoms:

  • Analgesia (feeling no pain)
  • Sedation
  • Euphoria
  • Respiratory depression (shallow breathing)
  • Small pupils and bloodshot eyes
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Itching and flushed skin
  • Constipation
  • Slurred speech
  • Confusion and poor judgment
  • Needle marks on the skin
  • Muscle pain and twitches
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Fever

When several of these symptoms occur, a medical professional should alter the dosage of a prescribed opiate.

Signs of Benzodiazepine Abuse

Abusing benzodiazepines may cause any of the following problems:

  • Drowsiness
  • Confusion
  • Dizziness
  • Blurred vision
  • Slurred speech
  • Lack of coordination
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Coma

Chronic drug abuse often changes a user’s appearance and behavior while also affecting her relationships and work performance. If a user reveals these problems, she may struggle with benzodiazepine abuse.

Treatment for Opiate and Benzodiazepine Abuse

A rehab program can treat people with multiple drug addictions. Treatment usually includes medically supervised detox, a variety of counseling therapies to uncover the causes of addiction, training in educational and life skills, and an aftercare plan to help addicts avoid relapse. San Diego addicts who utilize this resource can recover and stay clean.

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San Diego drug addicts must find treatment that builds a foundation to support recovery. Please call our toll-free, 24 hour helpline right now to explore your treatment options. We are here to help, so call us now.