Klonopin and Alcohol Interaction

Klonopin and Alcohol

Klonopin generic name clonazepam is also sold as Klonopin Wafer and belongs to a family of drugs called benzodiazepines which work by affecting chemicals in the brain that may become unbalanced and cause anxiety. It is used to treat seizure disorders or panic disorders.

Do not use this drug if you have severe liver disease, allergic to clonazepam or to other similar drugs. Klonopin should not be used if you are pregnant as it may cause harm to the unborn baby and may cause breathing or feeding problems.

Do not drink alcohol while using this drug as liver damage may occur.

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.

Before taking this drug advise your physician if you are allergic to this or any other drug or substance, if you are pregnant, plan to be so, are breastfeeding, have liver or kidney disease, glaucoma, asthma, emphysemsa, bronchitis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder, other breathing problems, history of depression or suicidal thoughts or behaviour, history of drug or alcohol addiction.

Side Effects

Less serious side effects are drowsiness, dizziness, memory or thinking problems, feeling tired, muscle weakness, loss of balance or coordination, slurred speech, drooling or dy mouth, sore gums, runny or stuffy nose, loss of appetite, nausea, diarrhea, constipation, blurred vision, headache, sleep problems, skin rash or weight change.If these occur call your physician for advice.

Serious side effects are confusion, hallucinations, unusual thoughts or behaviour, risk taking behaviour, fearless, weak or shallow breathing, unusual or involuntary eye movements, pounding heartbeats, fluttering heart, painful or difficult urination, changes in urination pattern, pale skin, easy bruising or bleeding, new or worse seizures. If these occur get emergency medical help.

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.

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