Lorazepam and Alcohol Interaction

Lorazepam and Alcohol

Lorazepam is the generic name for the drug sold under the brand name Ativam and belongs to a family of drugs known as benzodiazepines which function by affecting chemicals in the brain that become unbalanced and cause anxiety.

It is suggested that you do not consume alcohol even moderate drinking while using Lorazepam as the effect of the alcohol will be increased.

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 or over the counter drugs it usually results in negative health effects most especially liver damage as the main organ affected.

Before using advise your doctor if you are allergic to any other drug or substance, if you are using dietary or herbal supplements, are pregnant, plan to be or are breastfeeding, have glaucoma, asthma, emphysema, bronchitis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder, other breathing problems, kidney disease, liver disease, history of depression or suicidal thoughts or a history of drug or alcohol addiction.

Side Effects

Less serious side effects are drowsiness, dizziness, tired, blurred vision, sleep problems, muscle weakness, lack of balance, lack of coordination, amnesia, trouble concentrating, nausea, vomiting, constipation, change in appetite or skin rash. If these occur call your physician for advice.

Serious side effects are severe allergic reaction such as hives, difficult breathing, swelling of the face, lips, tongue or throat, confusion, depressed mod with suicidal thoughts, hyperactivity, agitation, hostility, hallucinations, lightheaded or faint. 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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