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Benzodiazepine Alcohol Interaction

Benzodiazepine Alcohol

Benzodiazepine refers to a group of drugs called which function by affecting the chemical balance of the brain. It is used to reduce anxiety and panic disorders and depression in patients. The drug may also be used for other disorders.

This drug should not be used if you are pregnant as birth defects in the baby could occur.

Do not drink alcohol when using this drug as the effects of the alcohol will be amplified.

At this time the medical community defines moderate consumption of alcohol as no more than two drinks per day and no more than 14 drinks per week. Anything more than that is considered an unhealthy dependency on alcohol that may have adverse social, family and health consequences.

If a person drinks only once or twice a week but drinks on the same days each week and more than two drinks this is considered as an alcohol dependency.

If a person binge drinks at any time during the week this is also considered as alcoholism.

Some consider alcoholism as a disease while others consider it an addiction which is the result of personal choice and character fault. This school of thought blames the alcoholism on life style choices.

Personally I consider alcoholism a genetic tendency as I have seen families of alcoholics even when they live far apart. These unfortunate people are probably dependent on alcohol from the first drink.

When alcohol interacts with prescription over the counter drugs it usually results in negative health effects most especially liver damage as the main organ affected.

It is suggested that before taking this or any other drug you have a frank and honest discussion with your physician as to your drinking habits. This may be difficult as many alcoholics are in a state of denial as to their drinking habits.

I have also noticed that many alcoholics are not subject to the morning after illness that most of us suffer through when we drink too much. Severe alcoholics usually find if they feel “shakey” in the morning, a drink will make them feel more normal.

Do not take this drug if you are allergic to any other benzodiazepine drugs, or if you have any breathing problems, glaucoma, kidney or liver disease, history of depression, suicidal thoughts or an addiction to drugs or alcohol.

Side Effects

Less serious side effects are drowsiness, dizziness, feeling irritable, amnesia, forgetfulness, trouble concentrating, sleep problems, muscle weakness, lack of balance, slurred speech, blurred vision, nausea, vomiting, constipation, appetite, weight changes, dry or watery mouth, increased sweating or loss of interest in sex.If these occur call your physician for advice.

Serious side effects are hives, difficulty breathing, swelling of your face, lips, tongue or throat, unusual risk behavior, lessened inhibitions, depressed mood, suicidal thoughts, hyperactivity, agitation, hostility, hallucinations, light headed, fainting, seizures, urinating less or not at all, muscle twitching, tremors or jaundice.If these occur get emergency medical help.

This site serves as an information site only and does not dispense medical advice or any other kind of advice. If you are seeking medical advice you are advised to consult your own physician.

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