Aging & Taking Opioids & Benzodiapines: What You Should Know
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How does taking both opioids and benzodiazepines affect you as you age?
Aging makes your body more sensitive to medications. Aging makes it harder for your body to process medications. This means that it takes less to create a risk of a medical emergency, such as an overdose or other harmful effects. Opioids and benzodiazepines can have health risks that increase when they are taken together.
Taking opioids and benzodiazepines together, even for a short time, can increase risk of a medical emergency such as loss of consciousness, confusion or memory loss, slow or difficult breathing, extreme sleepiness and death.
Learn more about substance use in older adults from the Vermont Department of Health.