ZocdocAnswersIs it safe to take subutex with xanax?

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Is it safe to take subutex with xanax?

I take xanax for panic attacks.im a healthy 31year old male

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It is important to speak with your doctor about this concern. Subutex is the trade name for buprenorphine, which is a partial opioid agonist. Other opioids include morphine, heroine, methadone, oxycodone, and percoset. Opioids can have many side effects, one of which is that it can slow down your breathing. If it slows down enough, you might not get enough oxygen, which is one of the ways people die from opioid overdoses. Xanax is in the class of drugs called benzodiazepines, which also includes ativan and valium. One of the side effects of benzodiazepines is also to slow your breathing rate. It is rare for benzodiazepines to cause death on their own, but when combined with other drugs that slow the breathing rate they can have a very potent synergistic effect. All of which is to say that these are both pretty powerful drugs on their own that, when combined, can be dangerous. If you are taking subutex either for pain or for treating opioid dependence, I would strongly advise not taking the xanax without first discussing the issue with your doctor. Because these drugs can both cause drowsiness and sleepiness, you should not take them before driving. You should also avoid alcohol when taking these drugs, as alcohol can also slow down the breathing rate and can also be fatal in combination with these drugs. Because subutex can have such dangerous side effects, it is important to talk to your doctor if you have any questions or concerns about this medication.

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