- Jun 24, 2021
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Amphetamine and benzodiazepines
Benzodiazepines, due to their combination of effects and side effects, are considered to be one of the most controversial drugs used in psychopharmacology.
On the one hand, they give many people the long-awaited peace, serenity and literally raise the standard of living from the bottom in some cases. On the other hand, they quickly form a strong addiction with a disgusting powerful withdrawal syndrome and are a canonical example of an institutional drug.
With regard to the sphere of recreational substances, the situation remains the same. On the one hand, benzodiazepines are indispensable for those who use stimulants and euphoretics. On the other hand, the combination of these groups of substances can still provoke unpleasant and life-threatening situations.
But first about the good.
From a health perspective, amphetamines should only be combined with benzodiazepines if preclinical overdoses or severe post-effects are alleviated.
If you need to relieve increased stimulation and anxiety after an amphetamine session, reduce excessive workload on your heart, or fall asleep faster, benzodiazepines can help.
We recommend using the combination in this order:
Amphetamine use - amphetamine is running out of time or has expired - benzodiazepine use when needed.
As with any combination, the dosage of its components should ideally be less than for the substance when taken alone.
Examples of benzodiazepine dosages that are acceptable for sedation at the end of or after excessive amphetamine session:
Alprazolam 1-1.5 mg
Diazepam 10-15 mg
Lorazepam - 2-3 mg
If you have access to some other benzodiazepine, you can use the dosage examples as a guide and calculate the required amount of your substance using a third-party dosage calculator (clearnet link).
Taking tranquilizers in advance or in parallel with amphetamine does not make much sense - this will reduce the effectiveness of the stimulant and create risks of adverse reactions.
Speaking of side effects. The main problem in combining amphetamine and benzodiazepines is a special case of a combination of a stimulant and depressant of central nervous system. This is one combination that has real health risks.
The main villain here is excessive depressant intoxication i.e. tranquilizer. If taken at the same time and the dosages are not observed, the stimulant will mask the effect of sedation. A person will lose the subjective guidelines of his condition and will not be able to recognize intoxication in time, which will worsen when the action of the stimulant approaches
end (as a rule, stimulants act for a shorter time than depressants).
After that, a person may experience loss of control, unproductive disinhibition, loss of consciousness. In sum, they can lead to injuries or health-threatening complications.
An additional aggravating factor is a kind of swing for the heart and blood vessels due to the multidirectional action of amphetamine and tranquilizers. This creates additional stress and problems for your motor.
Also, this combination is characterized by dehydration. To a greater extent due to the lack of control over fluid intake. Hydrate!
Let's not forget the addictive power of benzodiazepines. We do not recommend taking them every time to sleep well after amphetamine. Only use benzodiazepines when you really need to. Making them a permanent guest at a party is a bad idea.
Total. Combining amphetamine and benzo can be safe and even helpful if you remember the need, sequence and dosage of consumption.
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