Whitney Houston — Xanax & Alcohol Combo Could Have Stopped Her Breathing

Mon, February 13, 2012 3:31pm EDT by 8 Comments
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Experts tell HollywoodLife.com that if Whitney consumed alcohol while taking Xanax and other prescription drugs, it could have caused her to stop breathing.

Whitney Houston passed away on Feb. 11. She was found unconscious in a bathtub in the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. Sources tell TMZ that Whitney allegedly died from mixing Xanax and other prescription drugs with alcohol. HollywoodLife.com spoke with three addiction experts, and they all agree that such a situation could have caused Whitney to stop breathing.

“Alcohol and the Xanax can cause pulmonary issues where you stop breathing,” Clare Waismann Kavin, Beverly Hills Addiction Specialist, tells us. “Both the alcohol and Xanax are pulmonary suppressants — they slow down your breath. If you take too much, you can stop breathing. Your breathing gets so shallow that you pass out and stop breathing.”

At first, it was suspected that Whitney drowned, but according to TMZ‘s sources, The L.A. County Coroner informed the family that there was not enough water in her lungs to point to drowning — but rather she was likely already dead from the mixture by the time she became submerged in the water.

“She was 48 — as you get older your body doesn’t respond [as well] and your lungs are not as elastic,” explains Dr. Harris Stratyner, Regional Clinical Vice President of Caron Treatment Centers. “Xanax is a mild tranquilizer or central nervous system depressant, and alcohol is a central nervous system depressant. If you take the together, you can stop breathing, pass out and even go into a coma.”

And Whitney had reportedly been suffering from a sore throat. “If she was taking antibiotics, she could have had some infection going on that could have added to the other risks combined if her metabolism was weak at that point,” says Kavin.

“It’s such a tragedy,” Marty Brenner, Beverly Hills Addiction Recovery Specialist, notes. “I hope this is an awakening for Hollywood.”

- Lindsey DiMattina

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John

Posted at 2:37 PM on March 18, 2012  

Whitney was a drug and alcohol addict. Whitney was in bondage to cocaine, marijuana, hard drugs. Ask God to deliver you from bondage to drugs, alcohol and cigarettes. They will ruin your soul. Come to Jesus. Jesus is the saviour of your soul. Accept Jesus as your lord and personal saviour for the remission of your sins. Sinners will go to hell fire. Whitney was a whore and is in hell fire. Reject drugs and alcohol bondage. Jesus will set you free.

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Jason gonzalez

Posted at 7:24 PM on February 18, 2012  

May your new life with the Lord our God be most bless. We will all see you again, love always.

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BC

Posted at 2:38 AM on February 16, 2012  

People with addictions and lots of money usually die early. Hollywood is full of addiction problems because most famous people come from horrible backgrounds or they would not be seeking fame to begin with. Add money to that and you have a huge problem.

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kaee

Posted at 2:29 PM on February 20, 2012  

leave her alone she is deceased and its very sad right now i cant stop crying

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jennrae

Posted at 10:09 AM on February 15, 2012  

Wake-up call? Give me a break. The only people it’s affecting are the ones who actually need the medication. Celebrities will always find doctors who will give them drugs. Average citizens with anxiety disorders are the ones who are being cut off from getting the meds they need. DEA agents are practicing medicine and arresting doctors. If you take the meds as prescribed–as most people do–it’s not going to kill you. If you mix it with alcohol and then decide to take a bath, then maybe yeah, you are going to get a little too relaxed. I read she had a huge entourage at the hotel–was no one looking after her better than that? I’m not blaming anyone, but considering that there were SO many people, likely leeching off of her, how could no one have just noticed the length of her bath when she must have been groggy going in? And considering she was meant to sing in a mere couple of hours, how can she expect to sing if she took enough xanax to kill her?

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Jane

Posted at 10:29 PM on February 14, 2012  

Whitney RIP…you will be missed!

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Jane

Posted at 10:28 PM on February 14, 2012  

Well..I hope Hollywood wakes up and smell the coffee!if you can’t handle your career just take a break!

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Shelly

Posted at 5:53 PM on February 13, 2012  

If Whitney did mix alcohol with her prescription drugs she either did not know what the eventual outcome would be if she kept doing this or she didn’t think anything would happen to her. This is only my opinion. She may be gone but we will never forget her voice and singing style.

My condolences to her family and her daughter.

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