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Can a xanax/heroin overdose happen hours after taking it?

Can a xanax/heroin overdose happen hours after taking it?

Yes: But depends on how you ingested the heroin and xanax (alprazolam). If they were injected, OD occurs within 10-15 minutes, and certainly no more than an hour. But if you took the Xanax (alprazolam) by mouth, and snorted the heroin, the overdose can occur while the Xanax (alprazolam) is being absorbed, which can take several hours to be complete. See a health professional if this is you, or if a friend, get them to an ER& get help. ...Read more

Dr. Alan Ali
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Alprazolam (Definition)

Alprazolam is a short acting benzodiazepine, it does not last long in the system. So when used regularly with multiple doses to treat anxiety, it is associated with inter-dose withdrawal, tolerance and a resulting increase level of baseline anxiety. So in anxiety clinics, we use it only in cases of " flight, dentist or other infrequent anxieties, ...Read more


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How long should I supervise him? He overdosed on xanax (alprazolam) and heroin.

How long should I supervise him? He overdosed on xanax (alprazolam) and heroin.

Call 911: He needs to go to the ER. Overdose on xanax (alprazolam) and heroin can be fatal. Immediate medical attention is needed. Call 911 and have him taken to the hospital. ...Read more

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I am dealing with my brothers death last month due to an overdose. I recieved the death cert. Today and it says herion and Xanax (alprazolam) Was it painfull?

Likely placid: My condolences for your tragedy. His death was likely very gentle without pain, as he likely went to sleep and passed in his sleep. ...Read more

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What happens to kill you in a heroin overdose?

Due to Respritory De: Due to respritory depressin and arrest is the cause with heroin overdose
but some deaths may be due to overdose or allergy to quinine which may sometimes used as a cutting agent. ...Read more

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Can doctors tell me what does one feel during a heroin overdose?

U don't want to know: Forgive my frankness. Forget any ideas about "drifting peacefully off to sleep" as one might in the controlled euthanasia of a beloved pet using morphine, or an terminal sedation. The accidental heroin overdoses described by witnesses who are fellow-drug-abusers are often a horrible choking and a ghastly gush of foam from the lungs as the drug wrecks havoc on the deep chest nerves. ...Read more

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Can you overdose from. 5 mg Xanax (alprazolam) taken with 1 mg ativan?

No: Absolutely not, but don't take any medication outside of your doctor's directions. ...Read more

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How much clonopin and Xanax (alprazolam) would you need to take to overdose?

How much clonopin and Xanax (alprazolam) would you need to take to overdose?

Suicidal?: If you're thinking of overdosing on any medication, please contact your psychiatrist, your primary care physician, or the national suicide prevention lifeline: 1-800-273-8255. ...Read more

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Can anyone tell me why centers dispense Narcan (naloxone) to people with heroin overdoses?

Death prevention: Heroin overdose may be lethal. Narcan (naloxone) immediately counteracts opiate intoxication because it is an opiate antagonist. ...Read more

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Someone I knew almost died of a heroin overdose. I wanna know what happens. Did she suffer much?

Someone I knew almost died of a heroin overdose. I wanna know what happens. Did she suffer much?

Heroin overdose: Heroin overdose is a painless death since it puts the person deeper into unconcious until the brain stem receptor that control breathing reach a critical saturation. Death ensues from hypoxia. Heroin like compounds if often used in death by lethal injection in capital punishment. The painful part is the moment before injecting heroin where a person feels emotional pain and emptiness. ...Read more

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I have taken 4. 25 Xanax (alprazolam) over the course of the day as my anxiety has been high. This won't make me overdose right?

I have taken 4. 25 Xanax (alprazolam) over the course of the day as my anxiety has been high. This won't make me overdose right?

Right? Wrong!: This is a very high dose. How many mgs do you normally take daily? If you have high tolerance for drug, you may be ok. But you are really playing with fire. Talk with prescriber re drug. Seeing a psychologist for tx along with drug tx appears to be a safer way to handle extreme anxiety. Take good care of yourself. ...Read more

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What happens if someone takes Xanax (alprazolam) and overdoses, what can you give them to drink or eat to reverse the effect, and help them get back to normal?

What happens if someone takes Xanax (alprazolam) and overdoses, what can you give them to drink or eat to reverse the effect, and help them get back to normal?

More to it: Well depends, the bigger picture may be, why did they ingest more then suggested? Was it a suicide attempt? Are they suicidal? They should seek help with a psychiatrist and therapist. take them to the ER to monitor their vitals and give the appropriate treatments. Enough xanax (alprazolam) can cause respiratory depression and even death. ...Read more

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How would you know if your overdosing on heroin?

Death: 'overdosing' on any substance (including alcohol) can kill a person. This especially includes heroin. Use of heroin is associated with a variety of severe emotional and general medical difficulties. ...Read more

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If you take four xanaxs and four trazadones will you overdose?

If you take four xanaxs and four trazadones will you overdose?

Be careful: Impossible question to answer. Lack of basic info: dose, age, other meds, health status. Meds cannot be taken like that! Check wiith your care provider. ...Read more

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What does a heroin overdose look like?

Coma&depressed breat: Due to respritory depression and arrest is the cause with heroin overdose can cause sudden death
do you really want to see what it looks like go to youtube and see the video. ...Read more

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What causes death in a heroin overdose?

What causes death in a heroin overdose?

Two ways: Suppression of the drive to breathe is the more familiar. For reasons we do not understand, pulmonary edema may come on very rapidly and kill the person with a sudden eruption of foam from the mouth and suffocation. Neither is painful, but I hope that neither is something that you want. Good luck, and if you have lost someone, you have my sympathy. ...Read more

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Is dying from a heroin overdose painful?

Is dying from a heroin overdose painful?

No.: One loses consciousness before death by overdose and heroin relieves pain and brings about euphoria, hence why it's abused despite a real and frequent risk of death. ...Read more

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What amount is a heroin overdose considered?

Varies by tolerance: That amount which can suppress consciousness and breathing. ...Read more

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How many teenagers die from a heroin overdose?

In US?: Variable by location. I am unable to find anaccurate breakdown available that covers all US deaths from this specific drug. See: http://www. Webmd. Com/mental-health/addiction/news/20141002/heroin-overdose-deaths-doubled-in-much-of-us-cdc-study ...Read more

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What actually causes death with a heroin overdose?

What actually causes death with a heroin overdose?

Two ways at least: I wish I had not seen this so often as a pathologist. Breathing may simply stop as a result of the drug. Or for some reason that we've not been able to figure out, the air spaces of the lungs suddenly fill with fluid. Foam gushes from the mouth and the user dies. I give families the comfort that witnesses to this event say it seems that the person does not suffer -- but who knows for sure? ...Read more

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What happens during an overdose of xanax (alprazolam)?

Xanax (alprazolam): Being a sedative & depending on the dose, it can cause sedation, disorientation, delirium, respiratory depression, coma. ...Read more

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What happens when a person is having a heroin overdose?

Heroin Overdose: Airways and lungs
no breathing! shallow breathing,
slow and difficult breathing,
eyes, ears, nose, and throatdry mouth,
extremely small pupils, sometimes as small as the head of a pin ("pinpoint pupils"),
tongue discoloration, heart and blood, low blood pressure, weak pulse, skin, bluish-colored nails and lips, stomach and intestines, constipation, spasms of the stomach and intestinal tract, nervous, coma. ...Read more

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How can you help someone who overdosed on xanax (alprazolam)?

Depends what you: Mean by help. A true overdose results in unconsciousness and can cause respiratory depression, vomiting, aspiration, brain damage and death. This requires immediate medical attention. If you mean help for someone out of control on drugs, you can only express your concern to them and suggest they get help. If this is a loved one/friend, Alanon may be helpful to you-a self-help group for loved ones ...Read more

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What other drug can you take to prevent a overdose from heroin?

Only blockers: Like Naltrexone will prevent an overdose but these can also precipitate withdrawal. Certain family members will keep injectible Narcan (naloxone) around to respond to an overdose; this will wear off in an hour or two. ...Read more

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How many 0.5 mg tablets of Xanax (alprazolam) would put me in danger of overdosing?

Unknown: The usual limit is six mg per day. However, this might be an overdose for one person and not enough for another. At six mg the answer to your question is 12. Your prescribing physician knows more about yuo and your circumstances than I do. Consult with him/her. ...Read more

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What are treatments following a heroin overdose?

What are treatments following a heroin overdose?

There are several: First and foremost, if an individual with overdose is breathing adequately, careful observation in a monitored setting (ICU, ER or telemetry unit) is necessary. If breathing is compromised, a narcotic antagonist such as naloxone or nalmefene can be given, but repeat doses or a continuous infusion may need to be given, since opioids may be longer acting than the antidote (20-30 minutes). ...Read more

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Can you overdose from heroin while taking naltrexone?

Well...be careful.: Yes. Naltrexone blocks opioid receptors, so it's a good option for people who are detoxed already. If Naltrexone is used prior to detox, it will lead to immediate withdrawal symptoms. In addition, use of opioids after discontinuing Naltrexone are at risk for serious overdose, most likely due to loss of tolerance. Naltrexone is best for motivated people who have already undergone detoxification. ...Read more

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What if a person overdoses on heroin while taking naltrexone?

Possible: Overdosing on heroin while taking Naltrexone is difficult but not impossible and death would come from opioid overdose. ...Read more

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I have a Xanax (alprazolam) prescription. How many milligrams can I safely take without overdosing?

Usually 6 mgs.: All medications, including xanax, (alprazolam) must be titrated for a particular patient. Six milligrams is the highest suggested daily dose. However, this may be too much for some individuals and not enough for others. Work with your doctor to find the right dose for you. ...Read more

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How much heroin do you need to snort to cause an overdose?

Snort heroin: The answer depends on the purity and strenght of heroin. Also this heroin is often intentionally tainted with chemicals to enhance absorption and euphoria. Cocaine is often mixed making this forn of addiction lethal. A first time user has a higher risk if death because brain does not develop tolerance in a rapid fashion causing respiratory depression and no oxygen to brain. ...Read more

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My son took 5 Xanax bars (10mg) and several Neurontin (Approx. 2000 -3000mg). he's 27 w/high tolerance to both drugs. Can he overdose on this?

Overdosage: Needs to g to ER, this is clearly an over dose, especially the xanax, which moreover would interact inadvertently with the neurontin causing CNS depression, even if he is tolerant to either drug, good luck ...Read more

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I had 2 glasses of vodka tea with dinner and took. 5mg Xanax (alprazolam) for a panic attack one hour later. I won't overdose will i?

I had 2 glasses of vodka tea with dinner and took. 5mg Xanax (alprazolam) for a panic attack one hour later. I won't overdose will i?

Xanax (alprazolam): If u can read this response, u are ok for now. Strongly advise not mixing sedatives with alcohol in future, since u can have blackouts and more anxiety. ...Read more

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Overdose- 3.5 mg of xanax, (alprazolam) 1mg of lorazepam, 100 mg of tramadol, 2 norco 20/650 and 50 mg of atarax. Plus 3 cocktails. Am I at risk of dying?

Overdose- 3.5 mg of xanax, (alprazolam) 1mg of lorazepam, 100 mg of tramadol, 2 norco 20/650 and 50 mg of atarax. Plus 3 cocktails. Am I at risk of dying?

Emergency Situation: Healthtap received your message about 20 minutes ago. You should call 911 or have a responsible party drive you to the nearest emergency room immediately. Do not hesitate. Obviously you are reaching out for guidance and help. Please seek help immediately without delay. There is help waiting for you. Good luck. ...Read more

Xanax (Definition)

Alprazolam is a short-acting benzodiazepine which is a kind of sleep-inducing drug ...Read more


Overdose (Definition)

When the maximum dose of medication ...Read more