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Side effects of xanax and methadone combine dosage - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   I am a regular opiate user such as anywhere from 25-50 mg of oxycodeine or hydrocodeine per day, today I took 25mg of Methadone and I have no experience with Methadone at all. I reguraly take xannax from 1.5 - 3 MG per day and have used xannax for some time. and the xannax is prescribed. It has now been about 8 hours or so since I have taken any xannax. I started to read online that the two are lethal together. It is five in the morning here now, I am very tired and dizzy but I think that could be from lack of sleep. I only slept 5 hours the night before. I am scared to go to sleep because of all the horror stories I am reading about xannax and methadone. Is there anything I can do to get the methadone out of my system faster? Or what do you think?
User :   Hi
Doctor :   You are typing means you are conscious and your functioning is good
User :   Correct
Doctor :   xanaxa cause sedation
Doctor :   peope getused the doses and even 3 mg may be not working in ur case
Doctor :   This is called physical addition
Doctor :   Boy need more doses to get the same effect
User :   Okay so if there were a problem, basically you think I would be unable to function essentially. If I were to go to sleep, the risk of falling into a sedation/coma because of the mix would be little risk?
User :   From what I have read people that are used to methadone do not seem to have many problems with taking xannax. I have never taken methadone before today
User :   But I have taken opiods and lots of them.
User :   Just never methadone
User :   Seems like there are endless horror stories about mixing methadone with anything especially when you are not used to methadone
Doctor :   Theere is cross tolerance
Doctor :   There is cross tolerance between opitaes
User :   Okay so basically because I have a tolerance to opiates and Methadone is as I understand it a synthetic opiate with a longer life and a tolerance to xannax this would reduce the risk of coma/ Central Nervous System, Breathing Problems, Side effects?
Doctor :   yes
User :   Do you have any idea how long after taking methadone is it safe to use xannax again? I truly need xannax cause I have horrible panic attacks, I am sure I am physically addicted to it but I do not abuse the xannax, I actually hate it...But I need it.
Doctor :   if u r using medicalpurposes use it as prescribed
Doctor :   Consult the MD for dosages and freuquency
User :   Okay, understood...As possibly implied I abuse my concern is my Dr. knows nothing about the opiate use and I could never tell her. I just don't want to take the xannax as prescribed when my Dr. is unaware if the other circumstance if it is a large risks. I guess I am basically trying to balance the risks here
User :   And I am not insinuating that I intend on taking anymore opiates today
User :   Its been probably 10 hours since I used the methadone last
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   For today you arefree from risks
Doctor :   Both medicines cause respiratory depression
Doctor :   U r fne
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