I'm currently taking 3mg of Xanax daily for my anxiety disorder, and have an opiate addiction to OxyContin. My doctor wants to give me Suboxone to get off the OxyContin and I've heard that taking Xanax and Suboxone together was dangerous and could have adverse side effects. I was just wondering if anyone knew if it was safe or dangerous to combine the two drugs? And if so, what are the side effects of taking them together, if any?
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8 Mar 2012
I currently am taking xanax depending on my anxiety, normally its 3 x's a day. but most its been 5 x's a day. I was on oxycotin due to my back pain( which i stopped because its pretty much herion, and the withdraw symthoms are feeling like u are dying, so i perfer u get off it! im sure you know how it feels when u dont have it. ,if u dont need it) I was put on suboxone, and btw. its hard to find doctors that will help you get off of opiots its like t hey want you to stay on them forever. due to my condition i will be in pain for the rest of my life. I choose to get off of it all together!! u should too. There are other pain meds ( not opiot related , that can help you) doctors pretty much want people to be on it, its a goverment thing. anyways. the answer to your question is, u can take it. but not at the same time. Give a distance, ( a few hours between) while taking these. And the only way its dangerious is if you shoot it up.
so, hopefully, you are not doing that!,( snorting is the same, gets in the blood stream faster, and no , do not snort it. im sure your not a abusing the drugs like some people out there, t hat think its funny, and post stupid comments on it, like " hey snort it, it makes u high", first off, while im on it. its never got me high so i have no idea what the hell they are talking about it, unless they are actually shooting the crap up!! im not a doctor, but, ive been on it for awhile. and if your doctor is prescribing you these meds, its always questions , questions questions. but beware. because some docs will say its safe. your pharmasist can also help you as well. they will tell you the truth, as per doctors get paid to give out scrips to people, no matter what t hey are even if u dont need it. The side effects, are nothing. if its your first time taking it. it can make u tired. Thats about it. but ,like i said, dont take them together. take them at different hours. suboxone, is addictive. only take it so that the withdraw from the oxycotin is out of your system. also. doctors can prescrip, methacarbin, and clonidin, to get off opiots as well. some say smoking weed, and anxiey meds help too. but, smoking weed is over rated, im 32. and i think weed is a child thing. as i read on these post, alot of people say that. It does work, i have a friend that has done it. Thats to get off the opiots. but , i used methocarbon, and clonidin( blood pressure/anxiety med to get off it. hope this helps!
6 Dec 2010
it is not dangerous iof you are use too them and been taking them.i am on klonipin for seizures 1mg 2 times a day.im sorry it is dangerous but only if you are abusing the xanax taking more than needed,if you take as prescribed you are ok but it can be deadly so please be careful and take the right dose.goodluck
13 Feb 2011
i am currently taking suboxone to get off a heroin addiction i had and also take xanax for panic attacks i haven't noticed any problems when i take the two medications together but i only take a football a day which is 1mg of xanax but if you take xanax with it no matter the dose you can have respiratory failure from the research i've done on it cause i was curious about it myself so if you do take them together just monitor your breathing and suboxone works really well it stops the cravings for opitaes and all the symptoms of withdrawl if you're lookin to take it to gett off the oxycontin i strongly suggest it, it will help you out alot and i strongly suggest using it to anyone that wants to get off of opiates
17 May 2012
THE WARNINGS ON SUBOXONE SAY,benzo's should not be taken by anyone who is not benzo tolorent already. but if you were on benzo's before you started taking sub then you should be ok. but talk it over with your doctor.my doctor and my insurence company both know that i'm on 20mg of suboxone and 3 mg of alprazolam.If those 2 drugs are helping you then talk with your doctor and your nurse case manager and tell them that they the right combo of meds.there will be no problem... pete
15 Nov 2012
I had a friend die from mixing these.. however, from Feb to May I was prescribed 2 sub (8mg 2mg) a day, and during that time I was heavily abusing the xanax, 6 to 14 mg per day, whatever I could afford.. I guess I got lucky bc I am answering this question.. I am an average girl, age 28, 5'8", 115 lbs.. well I guess I am on the smaller side.. still, if u choose to mix, only do a small dose.. best to stick to the sub only.. unless otherwise directed.
22 Jun 2011
Derek, I am in the same boat you are and i want to first tell you that it takes a lot to admit you have an addiction and seek help. With that said you always want to tell your doctor what meds you are on and let him make a decision but I have weened myself from taking 3 8mg suboxone a day down to a quarter of an 8mg suboxone. I also take 2mg's of xanax as needed. As long as you aren't using the xanax to get high and taking multiple bars at a time you should be fine. This combination in moderation is ok but be careful with xanax, I only take them a few times a week because the withdrawl from them is pretty scary. I went through that a few years ago and don't ever want to do that again. Good luck with everything man and i'm here if you need someone to talk to. I'm not proud of it but I have first hand experience with a lot of things.
9 Aug 2010
I am on suboxone 8 mgs 3 times a day and take 2 2mg bars of xanax also. I have noticed that if i take them to closesly together. I really don't feel the xanax. i usually take the xanax first and then the suboxone 2-3 hrs later or vice versa. I love suboxone, it has litterally saved my life. i was on 200 mgs of methadone for about 3 yrs at a clinic. now i feel normal and my depression has been lessening up from this possitive change. WORD TO THE WISE though. please please please wait at least 40 or more hrs before taking the suboxone after your last dose of methadone. my doctor gave me 8 30mg roxy's per day to help with the methadone withdrawal. they say your to get down to 30mgs of methadone for about 2 weeks before the transition. I however did not do that and i was fine taking the suboxone. for the first twenty mins after taking my first 8 mg sub i felt like i was getting sicker but the i started to get better.
4 Dec 2011
Today is my first day of taking suboxne im taking 1 8mg strip under the tongue for 5 days then 4 mg pill form for 5 days then 2mg for 3 days then 1 mg for 2 days. Hopefully after that i will be clean and free of drugs I have been on oxycode 30mgs 240 mg or more a day for years. I plan on taking my 1 mg xanax at sleep time like I always do. Wish me luck that this works out. I have read many of your stories and i guess I just dont understand the point in taking suboxene for long term I just dont get it.
21 Oct 2011
I have been on suboxone for 4yrs... I have horrible anexity and my Dr prescribed me klonopin( never can spell that rite) I was on 1mg 3 times a day for yrs before I got on the suboxone... But I still find the xanax still help better. I personal have had no side affects but yrs everyone is different. I'm ok it works for me so I wuld just ask ur doc... If u r serious about getting the suboxone. If I didn't have both it would be bad for me... So ya just explain. I no what ur going threw and I'm here if u need to talk. Jess
2 Sep 2012
Hey all..have to admit I've been reading blogs like this for info for 6 months and finally got the courage to "join in". Without trying to be too long and boring here's my abbreviated story: 3 years ago I destroyed my knee in a bad fall. Started with 5mg prks, soon went to 10mg then 2 10mg still all from docs, when a friend intro'd me to roxis, stronger opiate and no tylenol so i supplemented. By the way, I've suffered with anxiety since my son was born 12 yrs ago so I also take zoloft and xanax daily. Anyway, in 4 months after my accident, my husband walked out on my son and me and I had gone from 4 5mg prks a day to bout 15 10mg prks AND 4 or 5 30mg roxis. At the worst point I was taking at least 300 mgs of oxy a day just to stay normal. I sold jewelry, my violin, basically anything I could to have these drugs so I could function and be a mom to my son who I love more than anything.
It was on his birthday last year, that I made him late for his own party cause I was waiting for my script that I thought what kinda mother am I becomming? Thats when I found suboxone and it completely changed my life. Now I will admit in the beginning I flipflopped a bit, still wanting to be high so I wld take roxis for few days then go thru that first day of hell before I cld go back on subs again and again realized I would never get better unless I grew the &@$# up and stayed on subs. Currently, I take 8/2 sub every day along with 100mg zoloft and 1mg of xanax and for the first time in forever, I am an actual human being again and although I used to tell myself my son ALWAYS came first, now he really does. Anyone out there on the fence like I was, please dont wait til you fall off that fence and hit bottom like me. Climb down now or if you are lucky enuf let someone help you down. The views so much more beautiful down here. So much for nnot being too long, sorry! But if I help one person make that decision I consider it well worth it. Good luck to all of you!
20 Apr 2010
I had the same problem and am currently taking xanax and subutex, suboxone without the naltraxene, and am now addicted to both. I'm sure you can do it but you have to be really motivated to stop. Which I thought I was but really wasn't. Now I have to have both together or have bad withdrawls. Also alot of dr.'s won't prescribe both together you have to look around and tell them up front what's up, not lie to get high.
28 Aug 2011
I am prescribed suboxone and anti anxeity medication. If you are scared i would take a smaller dose, and if that does not effect you go ahead and take your regular dose. There is a risk in everything, and if you are gonna start coming off of your oxycontin you are def gonna need your xanax,Trust me.
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