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Estazolam Alcohol interaction, generic name, is also sold under other brand names. These drugs belong to the family of drugs known as a Benzodiazepine sedative.
It is prescribed for the short term treatment of insomnia or sleeplessness, difficulty falling asleep, frequent nightime awakening and waking too early in the morning. .
No drinking not even moderate alcohol consumption is advised while taking this drug.
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.
Before starting advise your physician of any allergies, if you have untreated or uncontrolled epilepsy, a bone marrow disorder, paralytic ileus, intestinal blockage, clozapine infection or immune suppression medication, heart disease, heart rhythm disorder, high blood pressure, history of heart attack or stroke, epilepsy, seizure, lung disease, liver disease, kidney disease, diabetes, bone marrow disorder, blood cell disorder, enlarged prostate, urinary problems, glaucoma or a history of smoking.
Do not use if pregnant or planning to become pregnant.
Do not use if allergic to the drug.
Use carefully if you have respiratory disease as you may experience sleep apnea.
Use carefully if you have kidney or liver disease.
Use carefully if you are subject to clinical depression.
Most Common Side Effects
Drowsiness, headache, daytime tired, muscle weakness, slowness of movement, hangover and euphoria.
Less Common Side Effects
Nausea, vomiting, rapid heartbeat, confusion, temporary memory loss, upset stomach, stomach cramps and pain, depression, blurred or double vision, constipation, changes in taste, appetite changes, stuffy nose, nose bleeds, common cold symptoms, asthma, sore throat, cough, breathing difficulties, diarrhea, dry mouth, allergic reactions, fainting, abnormal heart rhythm, itching, acne, dry skin, sensitive to light, rash, nightmares, insomnia, tingling in hands or feet, ringing in the ears, ear or eye pain, menstrual cramps, frequent urination, blood in urine, discharge from penis or vagina, lower back and joint pain, muscle spasms and pain, fever, swollen breasts and weight changes.
This site serves as an information source 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.