Many prescription drugs and over-the-counter medications, and herbal supplements have interactions with other substances, and it’s essential to be aware of these possible interactions to avoid dangerous side effects. Many people take melatonin and Xanax independently, but is it dangerous to combine them? No, it is not particularly risky to use them together, but excess drowsiness may occur, and Xanax itself comes with the risk of abuse and dependence.
What Is Xanax?
Xanax (alprazolam) is a benzodiazepine (benzo) commonly prescribed to patients who experience anxiety, panic disorders, or seizures. It reduces activity in the brain and acts on the neurochemical GABA, so it helps people feel less anxious and more relaxed.
Xanax has off-label uses in some instances as well, such as a treatment for insomnia, but it’s only intended for short-term use because, as noted, it has the potential to be habit-forming. Xanax should not be taken to treat anxiety disorders over the long term. Instead, it’s something that could use during an acute attack of intense anxiety or panic to relieve symptoms. It acts quickly on the person’s brain, and users can also develop a tolerance rapidly.
Along with physical dependence, side effects of Xanax can include dizziness, lightheadedness, drowsiness, concentration impairments, headaches, and digestive issues.
What Is Melatonin?
Melatonin is a frequently used over-the-counter supplement and is naturally produced by the body’s pineal gland located in the brain. Melatonin is meant to control cycles of sleep and wakefulness. It may also be consumed in small amounts in some foods, such as tart cherries, eggs, and milk.
The body’s internal clock regulates melatonin production. This hormone is meant to increase in the evening, remain high throughout the night (or sleep cycle), and decrease in the morning. The amount of light a person is exposed to can play a significant role in how much melatonin the body produces naturally, so people may sleep more in the winter. Natural melatonin levels also tend to decline as individuals age.
Individuals commonly use melatonin to combat sleep-related issues, such as insomnia. They may also use melatonin to help with seasonal affective disorder (SAD) and jet lag. Other side effects may include vivid dreams, grogginess in the morning, and mild blood pressure changes.
Is It Safe to Take Melatonin and Xanax?
It appears to be relatively safe to combine melatonin and Xanax. This is, in fact, a combination many people rely on because insomnia is an anxiety symptom, and Xanax is commonly used to treat both anxiety and sleep disorders.
The main reason it’s not likely to be problematic to take Xanax and melatonin together is that they work on different neural pathways. You should not combine some drugs, such as Xanax and opioids, because they both depress the central nervous system (CNS), possibly leading to severe respiratory depression. This is not the case with melatonin.
However, while there may not be significant side effects of taking melatonin and Xanax, there are some things to consider. First, sometimes individuals may be masking a sleep disorder related to something else if both substances are being used. Also, if you take melatonin and Xanax simultaneously, it can make you feel tired or groggy even the following day upon awakening.
This combination may also cause confusion, and users may be lacking in mental alertness. This may be more pronounced in older persons who use melatonin and Xanax. Likewise, it’s worth noting that if a person takes Xanax and still has trouble sleeping and feels like they need melatonin, there could be some other issues at play. And due to its potential for dependence.
Finally, Xanax should not be used as a long-term solution for insomnia, although melatonin is safe to use as long as needed. Before taking Xanax and melatonin, although it’s likely not unsafe, it would be wise to speak with a doctor or pharmacist.
Getting Help for Drug Abuse
While taking melatonin and Xanax together is not especially hazardous, Xanax is a controlled substance and can be habit-forming and addictive. Those who are abusing Xanax or attempting to discontinue use should seek the help of a health provider or a substance abuse treatment center, such as Just Believe Detox or Just Believe Recovery.
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