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The medications listed on this website are provided for informational purposes only. Their inclusion does not guarantee that they will be prescribed to any individual, as treatment decisions are ultimately at the discretion of healthcare providers. This list is not exhaustive, and healthcare providers may prescribe other medications, including non-stimulant options, based on the patient's unique health circumstances and needs.

If you suffer from a condition that affects the central nervous system, your doctor may prescribe medication that stimulates or calms you. Conditions that affect the central nervous system include anxiety, ADD/ADHD, depression,  obsessive-compulsive disorders, and bipolar disorders to name just a few.

Depending on the precise symptoms and their severity, your doctor may prescribe a benzodiazepine like Xanax or a stimulant like Adderall.

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What Does Xanax Do?

Xanax is the trade name for medication prescribed for anxiety that is known as Alprazolam.

It is in a category of drugs known as benzodiazepines. Being a controlled drug, it can potentially cause dependence when it is not used as it is prescribed. Benzodiazepines slow down the central nervous system [1*] . They reduce anxiety levels and induce a feeling of relaxation. 

What Does Adderall Do?

Adderall is a drug that is used to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). It alters the central nervous system by stimulating it so that the ability to focus and concentrate is enhanced. It is in a category of drugs known as stimulants.

1. Why Adderall and Xanax Don’t Mix?

Benzodiazepines slow down activity in the central nervous system to reduce anxiety and induce relaxation. Stimulants work in the opposite way. They increase activity in the central nervous system to make you feel more alert and focused.

Using a benzodiazepine and a stimulant can reduce the potency of both drugs since they work in opposite ways. Another potential problem can arise because both drugs can increase the chances of developing an addition to one or both of them.

Thirdly, the side effects of both drugs can cause a lot of health problems. 

One of the most serious problems that can be caused by using a combination of drugs is a heart attack. While depressants slow down the heart, stimulants accelerate it. Taking both of them at the same time can send mixed signals to the body.

This can result in abnormal heart rhythms or even heart failure. It can also cause essential body functions such as breathing to slow down to the point that they shut down.

Adderall and Xanax

Common Adderall and Xanax Facts

2. Side Effects of Xanax and Adderall

Each drug has its own side effects. Xanax can cause:

  • Fatigue
  • Drowsiness and/or dizziness
  • Headaches
  • Difficulty remembering things
  • Feeling down or depressed and/or suicidal
  • Mood swings
  • Seizures
  • Loss of sexual desire or ability

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The potential side effects of Adderall are:

3. Common Side Effects of Xanax and Adderall

  • When the two drugs are taken together they can increase the severity of one or more of the side effects
  • Apart from the risk of interfering with the heart, a combination of drugs can also increase the risk of suffering seizures
  • The normal function of the brain and lungs can also be interfered with

4. Why Do People Mix Xanax And Adderall?

One reason that people give for mixing the two drugs is that they are trying to offset the side effects of Xanax with Adderall or vice versa.

For instance, if someone who uses Xanax is feeling down or depressed, they may take Adderall to boost their mood and levels of energy. Similarly, a person who is taking Adderall may feel restless because of high energy levels. They may try to calm themselves with a dose of Xanax.

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Reducing the Side Effects of Adderall and Xanax

Another reason that people use Adderall and Xanax is to get an experience a high similar to the one derived from the use of drugs like cocaine and heroin. Informally known as a pharmaceutical speedball, it is the use of a stimulant and depressant at the same time to get high.

Abusing the drugs this way results in a quick high and an elevated mood. This is followed by a lasting feeling of euphoria that is countered by using a depressant. 

5. Getting Help for Addiction to Prescription Drugs

Both Xanax and Adderall are controlled substances because they are potentially addictive. It is therefore not unknown for people to become addicted to them and to counter the side effects of one drug using the other.

While people know there is help for addiction to alcohol and illicit drugs, many don’t know that help is also available for those addicted to prescription drugs. 

Professional help is available for those who are finding it challenging to overcome medication addiction emotionally or mentally.

Help at EZCare Clinic

ADD or ADHD is one of the conditions that is treated at EZCare Clinic. Adderall is one of the drugs that is prescribed to manage the condition.

However, if a patient begins to become dependent on it or other stimulants, the prescription can be changed to a non-stimulant Strattera. [2*] This can also be done if a patient feels that they are becoming dependent on their stimulant medication.

Anxiety Disorder and depression are also treated at the clinic. These mental conditions are treated by qualified, licensed medical health experts. They will therefore know how to deal with these conditions as a side effect of using Adderall, Xanax, or both.

Patients can make appointments online. If left untreated, long-term abuse of these drugs can cause serious, long-term health problems that can go on to become fatal.

If not, they can cause damage to the organs with be difficult to reverse.

If you would reach out for help for yourself or a loved one, it is available. Schedule your appointment with EZCare Clinic and preserve your health and wellbeing or that of someone you care about.


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  1. Benzodiazepine Pharmacology and Central Nervous System–Mediated Effects. (2013)
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  2. Strattera: ADHD Medication FAQ. (2021)
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