Valium also is known as Diazepam is used to treat anxiety, alcohol withdrawal, and seizures. It is also used to relieve muscle spasms and to provide sedation before medical procedures. This medication works by calming the brain and nerves. Diazepam belongs to a class of drugs known as benzodiazepines.
Misuse of this medicine can cause addiction, overdose, and death, especially in a child or other person using the medicine without a prescription. Fatal side effects can occur if you use Valium with opioid medicine, alcohol, or other drugs that cause drowsiness or slow your breathing.
What are the Side Effects of Valium?
In summary, the harmful side effects of Valium are confusion, agitation, hyperactivity, hallucinations, decreased inhibitions, increased risk-taking behavior, aggression, depression, suicidal thoughts, thoughts of self-harm, shallow breathing (feel need to pass out), muscle twitch or tremor, loss of bladder control, little or no urination, and or seizures.
What is Percocet?
Percocet contains a combination of acetaminophen and oxycodone. Oxycodone is an opioid pain medication. An opioid is sometimes called a narcotic. Acetaminophen is a less potent pain reliever that increases the effects of oxycodone. Percocet is used to relieve moderate to severe pain. Due to the high risks of addiction, abuse, and misuse, even at recommended doses, Percocet is only prescribed when treatment with non-opioid pain-relieving medication has not been tolerated or has not provided adequate pain relief. Percocet is not to be used if you have recently used alcohol, sedatives, tranquilizers, or other narcotic medications.
What are the Side Effects of Percocet?
In summary, the harmful side effects of Percocet are hypotension (low blood pressure), respiratory depression, apnea (breathing stops), respiratory failure, circulatory depression, shock, and or death.
What are the Risks of Mixing Valium and Percocet?
Using narcotic pain or cough medication together with other medications that also cause central nervous system depression can lead to serious side effects including respiratory distress, coma, and even death. Drug Interactions between Percocet and Valium are major. Guidelines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warn doctors of the risks of prescribing narcotic painkillers and benzodiazepines.
Drug overdose deaths involving benzodiazepines rose from 1,135 in 1999 to 11,537 in 2017. The bars are overlaid by lines showing the number of deaths involving benzodiazepines and any opioid, benzodiazepines without any opioid, and benzodiazepines and other synthetic narcotics. The number of deaths involving benzodiazepines in combination with other synthetic narcotics has been increasing steadily since 2014 while deaths involving benzodiazepines without any opioids have remained steady. (NIH)
The guidelines also advise doctors to tell their patients of the potential for a narcotic overdose. Data shows that mixing the two suppresses breathing. According to the data collected by the National Institute on Drug Abuse in 2017 in the U.S., there were 17,029 overdose deaths caused by prescription opioids such as Percocet and there were 11,537 deaths caused by Benzodiazepines such as Valium.
How Can Allure Detox Help with Valium and Percocet Addiction?
If you or someone you know is fighting with benzodiazepine and/or opioid dependence, Allure Detox provides a safe and comfortable environment for you to begin your journey in recovery. Our services meet the specific medical, mental, social, occupational, and family needs of our patients. We provide different therapies and treatments in order to maximize each person’s success by facing everyone’s health and happiness head-on.
Our addiction professionals will help you plan your care which includes but isn’t limited to outpatient therapy and residential treatment. Addiction isn’t easy to face. Luckily you do not have to face it on your own. Take the first step towards recovery by reaching out to one of our confidential professionals at Allure detox.