According to the Anxiety & Depression Association of America (ADAA), over 40 million adults suffer from anxiety disorders. This has made it one of the leading psychological illnesses in America. Due to the rise in mental illnesses, the use of Xanax and Adderall has also increased in efforts to treat these illnesses. In this article we will discuss should you use Xanax and Adderall together?
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What Is Xanax?
Xanax is a company name for a drug known as alprazolam. This drug enhances the activity of certain parts of the brain and is used to treat panic disorders, anxiety, and anxiety-related depression. Xanax is only sold in the United States; hence it is illegal to buy it online in and out of the United States.
How Does Xanax Work?
Like other benzos, Xanax acts on the central nervous system (CNS) to give you a calming effect. Xanax boosts the results of a neurotransmitter in the brain known as gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA). GABA minimizes the nerve activity in the brain, so by taking Xanax, the drug reduces brain activity to help you cope with the disorder affecting you.
Effects of Xanax on Mental Health
Xanax is prescribed to treat related mental disorders like anxiety, so one of the significant concerns related to Xanax is the rebound of these disorders. Rebound anxiety occurs during withdrawal from Xanax. Rebound anxiety can at times have worse symptoms than when a patient is not on medication. Xanax can lead to other mental and psychological issues like depression, hallucinations, and hyperactivity.
What Is Adderall?
Adderall is a drug made up of dextroamphetamine and amphetamine. These two components stimulate the central nervous system and affect the part of the brain that causes hyperactivity and impulse control. Due to its effects, Adderall is used to treat narcolepsy, which is daytime sleepiness and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or ADHD.
How Does Adderall Work?
Adderall intensifies the activity of the central nervous system leading to high energy levels, good focus, and reducing fidgeting and restlessness. Due to the increased activity of the CNS, you might also experience adverse effects like headache, insomnia, high blood pressure, nervousness, and faster heart rate.
There are two forms of Adderall:
- Extended-release capsule
This prescription is taken once a day. It contains 20 milligrams and is suitable for kids from 6 years old.
- Immediate-release capsule
It is taken two to three times a day. Kids from 3 years can take this prescription. With an immediate-release capsule, you can take from 5 mg to 40 mg in a day if necessary. Patients with high blood pressure or heart-related diseases are advised against taking Adderall since it can lead to heart attack, stroke, or death. If you have a history of mental illness, Adderall can lead to psychosis.
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Why Do People Mix Xanax and Adderall?
Most doctors have noticed that people take Xanax and Adderall together to counteract the effects of one of the two drugs. A patient taking Xanax is likely to feel down and opts to take Adderall as a stimulant to boost their energy. Someone taking Adderall might experience a sudden surge of energy and take Xanax to tone it down.
Another common reason as to why people mix Xanax and Adderall is for pharmaceutical speedball. Pharmaceutical speedball is mixing a depressant and a stimulant to create a feeling of euphoria or a high.
Potential Side Effects of Combining Xanax and Adderall
Both Xanax and Adderall have different side effects. Xanax is known to have the impact like:
- Shallow breathing
- Double vision
A study done by National Institute on Drug Abuse in 2019 reveals that over 16 percent of deaths related to drug overdose involved benzodiazepines like Xanax.
Adderall has side effects like:
- Lack of appetite
- High blood pressure
When these two drugs are combined, the effects are likely to be more drastic since both of them affect the central nervous system. You are likely to suffer from severe seizures and experience problems with significant body organs like the heart, brain, and lungs.
Mixing Xanax and Adderall can also lead to you experiencing a feeling of euphoria or a high known as a pharmaceutical speedball. Trying to create a pharmaceutical speedball is an abuse of stimulants and depressants, which is highly frowned upon in the medical field.
The euphoria you get from mixing Xanax and Adderall is almost similar to what you get from using cocaine and heroin and can easily lead to addiction. Combining a depressant and a stimulant will send mixed signals to your body, and this can lead to the body shutting down, resulting in death.
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Xanax and Adderall are both beneficial to people suffering from anxiety disorders and ADHD, respectively. However, you need to seek medical advice before starting any prescription. It is also advisable to talk to your doctor before discontinuing any of these medications to avoid withdrawal rebound symptoms.
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