I’ve talked to some recreational drug users who have had blackouts on xanax where they did inappropriate things but have no memory of doing so. They take too much xanax (a few mg) and then they regain consciousness hours and hours later, and apparently they’ve been walking around doing stuff the entire time.
Why would xanax cause a blackout rather than unconsciousness?
I thought barbiturates caused unconsciousness or death if the dose was high enough. But high doses of benzos seem to more cause blackouts rather than unconsciousness. Or is that a misunderstanding, do a lot of people who take too much valium or xanax just fall asleep instead?
I understand the reason people don’t die from benzo ODs is because benzos increase the rate at which chloride channels open while barbiturates increase the duration of how long the channels are opened (thats my understanding at least), so barbiturate OD causes death but xanax OD doesn’t. But why does that difference seem to play a role in the effects on short term memory or unconsciousness, or even death?