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   Posted 12/23/2006 5:10 PM (GMT -6)   
I enjoy beer not for the effect but I love trying the different flavors and styles. I am taking .5 mg to 1 mg of Klonopin in the morning and was wondering if moderate consumption of alcohol is not life threatning with benzos when taken at least 6 hours apart. I definately am not considering going out or driving, but I like having a few beers at my house. I have heard mixing benzos and alcohol is dangerous, but at what level. Is it a life threatning if I have 6 beers over 6 hours while having taken 1 mg of klonopin in the morning? Will I go into sudden cardiac arrest? Anybody else in my situation?

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   Posted 12/23/2006 9:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Hypopanic,
I can appreciate the you love your beer, but if you are being treated for anxiety/panic disorder, you're playing with fire.  If you read the medical information received when you pick up your prescriptions, I'm sure that it says to avoid alcohol.  It probably even has a sticker on the bottle saying to avoid alcohol.  You could have a bad interaction at anytime, regardless of what dosage you are taking.  Mixing pills and alcohol is just bad news.  You are impairing your judgement by drinking the alcohol, the more you have, the less in control you have.  Plus, mixing the two make the whole a lot stronger.  If you have six beers, and don't give me that "I love trying the different flavors and styles" crap, having six beers gets you hammered.  The Klonopin enhances the effect.  You have a greater chance of having a bad reaction the more hammered you get.  You can also loose track of how many beers you've had, and just make the situation worse. 
A member, on another board, couldn't understand why her anti-depressants weren't working, even though she was out drinking almost every night because she "liked her beer".  Well, think about it, if you are taking anti-depressants, then drink alcohol (a depressant) all night long, shouldn't that be self explanatory.  This person was wanting to go back to her doctor to get her meds corrected.  What she needed to do was cut way back on her alcohol intake.
Just think about it.
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   Posted 12/23/2006 9:23 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm just wondering, don't know anything about the beer stuff, but i take 1mg of Klonopin and I feel like I'm taking water. I have a very high tolerance to meds. b/c I've been on them since I was like 12, but no doctors really understand that. When I have a bad panic attack, I have to take at least 2. Can you tell that the Klon. helps you??

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   Posted 12/23/2006 9:44 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you for the input Cranky 1, but I am a memeber of the local brewer's association and I actually help in brewing some local beers. I actually do enjoy beer in regards to flavors and styles. I do not go out to the clubs and get hammered on Bud Light, but rather enjoy a fine Hefeweizen after dinner. I can agree that it is not a good idea to mix alcohol and drugs, but my question is at what level is there a health threat. I have drank with little incident 3 beers at night while on my meds and there are nights I do not drink at all.  Cranky 1, I am sure you have found something you enjoyed whether it be a certain food or candy that you had a little more than 2 to 3 pcs. I am not stupid enough to drink 10 beers and take a couple of my meds to go to sleep. That is obviously a dangerous situation. I guess I am asking someone that can relate to me on this issue.

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   Posted 12/23/2006 11:13 PM (GMT -6)   
Dear Hypo - So when you get home you spend the next 6 hours having a beer each hour? Or, do you drink and drive. Be honest. PLEASE DON'T DRINK AND DRIVE AND TAKE BENZOS. You are a danger to yourself and others. As for the actual health risk, you should ask your prescribing doctor and/or your pharmacist. My wish for you would be to find constructive ways to deal with your anxiety. In the long run, alcohol dependency will ruin your life.
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   Posted 12/24/2006 3:34 AM (GMT -6)   
Well stated hopeful..great advice! :))
Will be interested to find out what info the pharmacist/doc come up with re alcohol V Benzos hypo..keep us posted..no doubt you are not the first to ask this question..maybe you just braver and asked out loud :))

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   Posted 12/24/2006 6:44 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey there...

I like my bacardi limon and cokes... and honestly.. I'll have sometimes 6 in a night... after having taken an Ativan (which is like Klonopin) 5 hours prior.

The thing I make sure of is that I'm waiting a long time after I take the Ativan where I start drinking. I certainly don't drink and drive, but if I have just taken an Ativan and I have just TWO drinks I'm out for the night and have to sleep.

If you take your Klonopin in the morning... and have 6 beers over 6 hours, I doubt it will do anything at all.

I take an Ativan, 5 hours later I start drinking.. and I'll have 6 drinks in 4 hours... 6 HARD liquor drinks mind you...

DO NOT drink and drive on benzos mixed with alcohol and if you can, make sure to continue taking the Klonopin in the morning. I would also talk to your doc about how long Klonopin can last? Ativan typically wears off after 5-6 hours of taking it.

Xanax wears off after 2-3 hours.

My understanding is that Klonopin lasts a bit longer... I'm just not sure how much longer.

The only thing I would say is that your tolerance to alcohol might be a lot less if you drink and take Klonopin...

My sister drinks on her Lexapro and Klonopin (usually 7 hours after she takes her pills) and is fine.. she gets a bit tipsy after like 4 glasses of wine haha

That's just my opinion... HOWEVER... I'm not a doctor... so you might want to talk to your doc or call the local pharmacist and ask how long klonopin stays in your system and ask how it mixes with alcohol.

Walgreens (if you have one) will be able to tell you such information or just call the number to your pharmacy on the pill bottle to ask.

Hope this helps.


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Post Edited (Twiggygal) : 12/24/2006 4:49:28 AM (GMT-7)

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   Posted 12/24/2006 10:06 AM (GMT -6)   
Twiggygal, thank you for this response. I don't use alcohol to cope with anxiety. Like the topic title reads I LOVE BEER. :-)   I do watch how much I drink since I found out in college that being hung over the next day is a wish for panic attacks and anxiety. My current doctor I see specializes in neurological imbalances and told me I wouldn't "drop dead" from having a few beers hours after taking my med, but I wanted input from fellow members here that enjoy a drink not to cope but to simply enjoy it. Thank you Twiggygal.

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   Posted 12/24/2006 1:20 PM (GMT -6)   
I do not condone drinking at all on benzo's hours later or not but that is your decison
I believe it does inhance the meds and so it will make you Buzzed

I went out a couple of weeks ago had no meds since am ( take heavy opiates for diseases and ativan /valium prn) I was out of it after 2 baileys and milk ......I wanted to prove self something and I did '.........
Glad I was not drinking all these yrs and yes the hangover was He**
Good luck in whatever you decide
PLease though dont ever drink and drive
I lost a Hubby to that in 79 and it is not a pleasant experience at all
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   Posted 12/24/2006 10:56 PM (GMT -6)   
You're very welcome hypo :)

I also wanted to add that I don't drink to cope with my anxiety / panic either. I drink because I like to.

I drink occasionally, and I'm careful of watching how much I drink... I don't drink more than I can tolerate.

Yes I've heard drinking on benzos is bad, but my doctor says otherwise... on the pill bottle it doesn't say... don't take alcohol... it just says "Taking this medication alone or with alcohol may lessen your ability to drive or perform hazardous tasks."

That's just what I wanted to say.

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   Posted 12/25/2006 1:50 AM (GMT -6)   
I have no advice to offer, but this thread made me think of a country song I always liked by Tom T. Hall.

"I Like Beer"

I like beer.
It makes me a jolly good fellow
I like beer.
It helps me unwind and
Sometimes it makes me feel mellow!
Whiskey's too rough
Champagne costs too much.
Vodka puts my mouth in gear.
This little refrain
Shouuld help me explain....
As a matter of fact,
I LOVE BEER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

PS-As for me, I hate the taste of liquor! LOL!!!
Yesterday's dead
Tomorrow's unknown
Today is here
And soon will be gone.
Use it wisely
Before it's too late
Remember to love
And forget to hate.

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   Posted 12/25/2006 10:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Dear Hypo,

No one knows what reactions are going to come from anything. It sounds as if you have tested the water and nothing significant has happened. I told my doctor that I drank beer when he perscribed pain meds. He told me because I had been doing this for so many years this was my normal state and my body had also built a tolerance to the beer, which no one will deny. You have already been doing this with no reaction and while I doubt that any will surprise you in the future as long as you stay within your limits. This is only an opinion. Unlike Cranky I don't know what your mind set is. Just be careful and under no circumstances get behind the wheel of a car. I'll bet you'll be alright and a lot happier. Gods Speed
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