Xanax is a benzodiazepine — commonly referred to as a “benzo” — used to treat anxiety. Benzodiazepines are frequently misused with opioids, resulting in overdoses. Overdoses involving benzos, like Xanax, were seven times higher in 2015 than they were in 1999.

Norco is an opioid pain reliever comprised of hydrocodone and is one of the most prescribed drugs in the United States. Because Xanax and Norco are commonly prescribed drugs, there is a chance of someone taking both drugs together, unaware that the combination of the two can be deadly.

The easiest way to avoid a potentially deadly overdose is by being aware of the medications’ side effects. Always consult with your doctor before taking any new medications or adjusting existing medication regimens in any way. Consider the following risks when talking to your doctor about your concerns with taking Xanax and Norco.

The Dangers of Mixing Norco and Xanax

Physical Harm from Falls and Accidents

The combination of Norco and Xanax — or any opioid and benzo — can dull the mind and senses to the point that serious accidents related to falls and driving accidents become a possibility. For example, if you take Norco and Xanax in your bedroom and then decide to go downstairs to watch television, there is a higher-than-usual chance that you may fall down the stairs and seriously injure yourself due to the side effects of the medications.

Interrupted or Stopped Breathing

On their own, Norco and Xanax change the breathing patterns of the person taking them. Combining two different medicines that disrupt and alter your breathing patterns is dangerous. Falling asleep with your breathing patterns disrupted increases your risk for brain damage, coma and death.

If You Take Norco and Xanax, What Happens?

If you’re wondering what happens if you take Norco and Xanax, the main danger of mixing the two — or mixing any opioid with any benzo — is oversedation. An overdose is the primary result of oversedation.

Is Mixing Norco and Xanax Dangerous?

Yes. Taking Norco along with Xanax is dangerous. Individuals should never use drugs recreationally or combine drugs without first consulting their doctor. If you take Xanax for anxiety or panic attacks and are prescribed Norco for an injury, clarify with your doctor about how to proceed with your medications in a way that will safely address both issues.

Can Mixing Xanax and Norco Kill You?

Yes, mixing Xanax and Norco can kill you. Approximately 30% of opioid overdoses involve benzodiazepines, so mixing Xanax and Norco can cause death.

What To Do If You Mix Norco and Xanax

The severity of mixing Norco and Xanax depends on many factors, including dosage and the person’s weight and age. If you feel oversedated after taking a benzodiazepine or opioid, call 911 immediately. If you realize your doctor(s) prescribed you Norco and Xanax, consult with them as soon as possible to determine a safe alternative.

If you or a loved one live with an addiction to a benzodiazepine or opioid, call The Recovery Village today. A caring representative will answer your call and can tell you about how our individualized treatment programs offer personalized care to address addiction along with any co-occurring mental health disorders, like anxiety. Don’t put your health on hold; call today.

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Editor – Melissa Carmona
As the content manager at Advanced Recovery Systems, Melissa Carmona puts years of writing and editing experience to work helping people understand substance abuse, addiction and mental health disorders. Read more
Medically Reviewed By – Dr. Kevin Wandler, MD
Kevin Wandler holds multiple positions at Advanced Recovery Systems. In addition to being the founding and chief medical director at Advanced Recovery Systems, he is also the medical director at The Recovery Village Ridgefield and at The Recovery Village Palmer Lake. Read more

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