KLONOPIN AND DRINKING

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ryleigh
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   Posted 10/28/2007 8:44 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello All,   Well I have been on Klonopin for 4 weeks now and am doing pretty good..  I am not a drinker but used to drink a glass of wine here and there..   Last night I went to a party which is a big deal since I have agorophobia..  I felt great!!!  So I thought I can have a glass of wine..   Well I had 2 glasses of wine in a 4 hour period which should be no problem..   When I got home I took my Klonopin dose and tried to go to sleep..   Well I started freakin out..  The worst panic attack ever..  Heart racing out of body stuff..  I really thought I was going to have to go to the emergency room..   Instead I called my anxiety friend and he talked me thru it for at least a 2 hours...  He is a lifesaver..  I have learned a lesson..   Don't drink on Klonopin...  That kind of sucks because it is nice to be social and have a drink..   I still feel wierd this morning..  Anyone else have issues drinking on Klonopin??   I know it says not to..  But I am sure some of you don't follow all the rules..   Anyway thought I would share what happened to me..   Thanks to my friend I did not totally freak..   He is a gift in my life..    Take Care...

Ryleigh


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   Posted 10/28/2007 9:03 AM (GMT -7)   
 
Hello, this is Kitt.  There have been many posts re drinking and drugs. Benzos and alcohol do not mix.  I hold the line on this one myself and I advise others to do the same.
 
You found out on your own they are not a good mix.  Alcohol can increase the effects of the benzos and you can easily be into an overdose situation.
 
Alcohol may increase drowsiness and dizziness while taking Klonopin (clonazepam) . Alcohol may also increase the risk of having a seizure. You will find some info that says Use alcohol cautiously. Just what is cautiously to each person and each person takes a different dose of this drug and drinks in different amounts............so to be safe, don't drink.
 
Just my 2 cents worth.
 
Take care and keep posting.
 
 
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ryleigh
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   Posted 10/28/2007 9:08 AM (GMT -7)   
Skitt,   Thanks so much.. You are so right..  I guess I am one of the people that just can't drink on it..  I totally understand that you are not suppose to..  But I figured a little would be ok..  Guess not...  Thanks again..

Ryleigh


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   Posted 10/29/2007 2:53 PM (GMT -7)   
What seems to happen in most cases is that both alcohol and benzos are CNS depressants, and work together to knock somebody out. I've found that when I have tried to drink (in extreme moderation), it's as if I were taking the alcohol through an IV, it hits so quickly. However, at that point I'd already taken my dose. I've experienced this phenomenon once and the next phenomenon more than once:

What also happens -- and you don't hear about this much but it's what happened to you -- is that the two combine and a paradoxical reaction occurs...MORE anxiety and MORE panic rather than a depressive effect. For me, personally, I think elevated anxiety occurs because the alcohol hits me so hard and so abruptly it's unlike anything I've ever experienced. It simply freaks me out.

Either type of reaction can be a bad thing, obviously. The the first one I mentioned can kill, and the second one certainly isn't pleasant, either. I do know of people who use benzodiazepines and drink in small amounts, but some people can just get away with it while others can't. I think it's safe to assume that most people can't, and would have to advise people who are just starting benzo treatment NOT to even try to drink.

St. Kitt's background is that of an ER Nurse, and I bet she could tell us some gruesome stories about what happens when people mix benzos and alcohol. Apparently the patient is injected with some drug that is extremely stimulating, and they often have to be restrained. That's what I've heard, anyway. Is it true? If so I sure wouldn't want to put myself in that position.

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controlled
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   Posted 10/29/2007 3:16 PM (GMT -7)   
Wow, that's pretty scary.

I've been taking Klonopin for 5 years now. The only thing I've noticed is by my 2nd Apple Martini I'm either sloppy drunk or very sleepy and this is all before I take the pill. I sometimes get nauses(sp?) but never knew it could be related.

Also, I take a dose of .5 or .05, I can't remember now but I have trouble staying asleep on it. I wake up through the night, take another, and I still wake up....is that normal?

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   Posted 10/29/2007 3:29 PM (GMT -7)   
I also vehemetly agree NOT drinking while on benzo's or Antidepressants......even opiates (pain meds I am on)

D is right depending on person metabolism at that particular time serious consequenses can occur .....

** I would think that being the low dose you are on may be the reason for waking and length of time on the Klonies .......maybe you should talk to your doc about the troubles you are having staying asleep
Do you take the Klonies during the day as well for a/p ??

I take a rare valium or ativan now IF needed during the day BUT at night I sleep like a babe if I take my hot milk with cinnamon and trazadone ..........For me this med has made a huge difference in my sleeping habits .......valium or ativan do not make me tired just calm me .........

** great to see you posting more**

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Post Edited (Howlyncat) : 10/30/2007 5:58:28 AM (GMT-6)


controlled
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   Posted 10/29/2007 3:43 PM (GMT -7)   
I only take the Klonopin at night....I swear I'm addicted to them.   If for some reason I don't have one on me, I can't sleep...I totally stress over it.
 
thanks for the input :-)

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   Posted 10/30/2007 12:52 AM (GMT -7)   
I used to do that all of the time. I liked how it would make it so you get drunker without having to drink very much. I would say that I have mixed the two a good hundred times and had a good hundred blackouts. I ended up in the drunk tank three times as well as doing other things that were against good judgement. It is inevitable that you will blackout or pass out at some point. You may not get violent but it will make one so out of their head that you never really know what will happen. I quit doing that as I have given up on drinking (just wasn't working). I will suggest that no one tries it. Read my signature...lol.

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   Posted 10/30/2007 5:01 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks so much for your Honest and blunt input

I am so glad you have posted.....and yes I love your sig line ..........

Please do keep coming back and posting here when you like ......this is also a great family community here in a/p

Thanks again........

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