Mixing Ambien and Valium
Healthcare professionals and addiction experts have uncovered the rising rate of mixing drugs or polydrug abuse. Polydrug use, the practice of mixing different drugs or taking one drug while under the influence of another drug, is done in an attempt to increase the desired high. For example, some people smoke cigarettes to enhance their experience while on ecstasy or drink alcohol when they are also under the influence of cocaine.
Another motive for mixing drugs is an attempt to reduce the negative effects of a drug. This is usually done when ‘coming down’ from that drug. For example, using cannabis or taking a sleeping pill after getting high on ecstasy. Statistics on substance abuse treatment confirm that poly-drug abuse involving Valium and Ambien has become a common concern.
Drug Interaction Between Valium and Ambien
Valium is an anxiolytic in a class of medications called benzodiazepines. Benzos are among the most frequently prescribed psychotropic drugs in the world. These drugs, whose core chemical structure is the fusion of a benzene and diazepine ring, act through positive allosteric modulation. Benzodiazepines act to enhance the effects of neurotransmitters in the brain. It is used as an effective treatment for anxiety disorders and as adjunctive treatment in several neurological illnesses.
Valium is often used as a short-term medication for controlling symptoms of anxiety. It also functions to reduce muscle spasms. Worldwide, more than 2 billion Valium tablets are sold in a single calendar year. There are more than 500 derivatives of drugs made with diazepam, with Valium being the most popular brand name. On the other hand, Ambien is a non-benzodiazepine sedative that is usually prescribed as a sedative for insomnia.
There is a moderate interaction risk when combining these two medications. Mixing Ambien with Valium may result in increased side effects of drug interaction such as dizziness, drowsiness, confusion, and difficulty concentrating, as well as impairment in thinking, judgment, and motor coordination.
What are the Risks of Mixing Ambien and Valium?
It is not always possible to predict the exact effects of mixing drugs. This is because drugs affect everyone differently. An individual can even use the same amount of the same drug on different occasions and have different effects each time. This variation depends on:
- The drug itself. This includes its purity, amount used, frequency of use, route of administration, and whether the drug has been cut, or mixed with another drug.
- The drug user. The facets include mood, expectations, and personality.
- The setting i.e. where the user is and the people they are with.
While the effects of one drug are hard to predict, the influence of more than one drug at a time is even more unpredictable. Generally, there are two major risks of mixing Ambien and Valium. These include:
The use of Valium with Ambien puts the user at a higher risk of drug dependency and eventual addiction. Valium and Ambien have a synergistic effect, in that the user’s response to the drugs is heightened (a phenomenon is known as “boosting”). Furthermore, users who have experienced the combined effects of multiple drugs may not be satisfied with that combination over time. They eventually gravitate toward strong illicit drugs that are readily available.
Mixing Valium and Ambien is becoming a widespread practice for addicts that searching for a strong high. Many users assume that because Valium and Ambien are prescription medications, it is not as dangerous as illicit drugs and can be easily mixed. The fact is that Valium is even more dangerous with Ambien just as when it is mixed with other central nervous system depressants. The Centre for Disease Control recently revealed that benzodiazepines like Valium were among the leading types of drugs involved in overdose in the last decade.
The Way Forward With Rehab
Two classes of polydrug abusers and reasons for their drug usage have been identified clinically. The first class is “streetwise” or “straight” polydrug abusers. These individuals use drugs in an attempt to cope with depression, anxiety, or disorganization. The other class of “self-medicating” or “social recreational” users seek disinhibition, euphoria, or altered states of consciousness for pleasure.
Rehab is a dynamic patient-oriented approach to sobriety. This is because the reason for mixing drugs differs from individual to individuals. It involves the use of detox, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and other personalized treatment methods to help a person achieve sobriety.