It's generally best to avoid combining antidepressants and alcohol for several reasons. In some cases it can be dangerous. Before combining antidepressants and alcohol, always talk to your doctor first about whether it's safe for you.
Klonopin and alcohol - Absolutely not. Klonopin (generic: clonazepam), a member of the benzodiazepine class, and alcohol mixed together increases the effect of both substances and acts as a central nervous system depressant. The central nervous system includes the brain stem, the part of your brain that regulates things like respiratory and cardiac rates. It is not unusual for someone to stop breathing and either die or incur permanent brain damage from this combination
I think you know the answer already to your questions and to the best of my knowledge alcoholics can not just drink a 12 pack once in a while. I know you can beat your addiction to alcohol but you have to choose to do so. Have you ever been to counseling or belonged to AA ?
I wish you the best.
I know quite well about
Clonazepam or Ativan being mixed with alcohol. I used to drink pretty severly and once, I did stop breathing after about
26 beers. I just stopped breathing. I was also on Effexor at the time, and I think Ritalin. It was a very odd and scary situation once I realized what had happened. It didn't slow me down, in fact I think things got worse. I've done very bad things in the past, like drinking with Ritalin, Effexor, Vicodin, Lorazepam (before I was on Clonazepam), and Tylenol at the same time. It was a horrible time. My doctor's ended up finding out because my girlfriend took me to the doctor's office while I was drunk. Everyone was pretty dissapointed.
I'm serious about
"drinking once in a while"... the reason being, after all of my heavy drinking, a good friend of mine killed himself. Before he did it, he felt sick often, he'd get confused about
things, forgetful, and he was losing quite a bit of weight, when I last saw him it looked like he had AIDS wasting syndrome. He was a chain drinker of beer, chain smoker of cigarettes, which happens to be like a lot of people in this area. During his autopsy, they discovered he had stage C liver cirrhosis, and since then, I really have been drinking far less. No more alcohol daily for me. More like once a week, if that.
I used to go to AA all the time. To different areas, too, but it was all the same. They'd talk about
all the parties and drinking, and I'd usually end up craving all of those things and buying a 12 or 6 pack after the meeting and going out. I knew in those days that if you run out, there's always someone willing to buy you more. I stay away from those people now, otherwise I'd be drinking daily still.
This all sounds so stupid to people probably, especially considering all the things I've written above.
I'm really just wondering if drinking with Lexapro is worse than drinking with Effexor.
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