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What Happens When You Mix Ambien and Cocaine?

What Happens When You Mix Ambien and Cocaine?

Mixing Ambien and cocaine can lead to harmful impacts on the brain and body. Mixing drugs is not advisable since common side effects may include brain damage, coma, stomach bleeding, seizures, heart problems, and high blood pressure. If you are prescribed Ambien by a doctor, then refrain from certain substances like cocaine. Both drugs have opposite effects but do not create a balance in the brain and cause improper functioning and development.  

What Is Ambien? 

Zolpidem tartrate is the generic name for the brand Ambien. The prescription medication treats insomnia, a common sleep disorder that makes it troubling to fall or stay asleep. Ambien is classified under sedative or hypnotics. Although Ambien is regularly prescribed to adults, since research does not support the effectiveness or safety of the drug for children, there are numerous adverse side effects. Besides building tolerance and forming an addiction, the side effects of Ambien include hallucinations, headaches, diarrhea, nausea, memory problems, and depression.  

What Is Cocaine?

Ambien and cocaine are considered opposites since one is an upper and the other is a downer. In this case, cocaine is the upper since it’s a powerful stimulant that is at times used legally but more often is produced and sold illegally. Slang terms for cocaine are coke, snow, flake, or blow. People enjoy consuming the drug since the effects may provide euphoric sensations, increase energy, and make a person mentally hyperconscious.   

Numerous health issues are attached to the misuse of cocaine, such as bowel tissue death, kidney damage, and weight loss. Other cocaine side effects are headaches, seizures, and heart attacks. If an individual is showing signs of addiction or symptoms are worsening, seeking a cocaine drug detox is urgently recommended.  

The Effects of Mixing Cocaine and Sleeping Pills 

If a person is abusing Ambien, a downer, and uses cocaine simultaneously, then they increase the chance of worsening the side effects of each drug. Cocaine in high amounts can cause intense anxiety and paranoia. Ambien can depress the central nervous system (CNS) to deficient levels, causing depressive symptoms or putting the user to sleep.  

The risk of simultaneous addiction can contribute to high energy levels, which is often not desired after taking Ambien. It may seem logical to attempt to balance the opposite effects out by taking both drugs, but these actions confuse the body’s systems and induce adverse reactions, such as organs shutting down. Cocaine makes blood pressure rise while Ambien decreases the body’s blood flow. If a person is mixing Ambien and cocaine, then this causes heart-related issues and heightens the chance of heart failure.   

Other side effects of mixing Ambien and cocaine include:

  • Fatigue  
  • Delusions  
  • Memory loss 
  • Hallucinations 
  • Suicidal thoughts  
  • Nausea and vomiting  
  • Cognitive impairment  
  • Mental health disorders such as depression  

So, what should you not mix with Ambien? For one, cocaine or other stimulants or “uppers.” However, it’s not recommended to mix other drugs like Klonopin, Ativan, Xanax, or Vitamin D3. If you are misusing more than one prescription drug, consider seeking prescription drug addiction treatment to avoid long-term health risks or overdose.  

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Alyssa, Director of Digital Marketing
Alyssa, Director of Digital Marketing
Alyssa is the National Director of Digital Marketing and is responsible for a multitude of integrated campaigns and events in the behavioral health and addictions field. All articles have been written by Alyssa and medically reviewed by our Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Darrin Mangiacarne.