Restoril and Alcohol
Restoril generic name temazepam belong to a family of drugs known as benzodiazepines and works by affecting the chemicals in the brain that may become unbalanced and cause insomnia.
It is suggested that patients do not consume alcohol even moderate drinking while using this drug as the side effects may cause extreme sleep or even be fatal.
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. If anything more than that it 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 using Restoril 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 asthma, emphysema, bronchitis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder or other breathing problems, glaucoma, kidney or liver disease, myasthenia gravis, history of depression or suicidal thoughts or behaviour, history of drug or alcohol addiction.
Less serious side effects are drowsy, amnesia, forgetful, muscle weakness, lack of balance or coordination, numb, burning, pain or tingling, headache, blurred vision, depression, nervous, excited, irritable, nausea, vomiting, stomach discomfort, dry mouth or increased thirst. If these occur call your physician for advice.
Serious side effects are severe allergic reactions such as hives difficult breathing, tight chest, swelling of the mouth, face, lips or tongue, weak or shallow breathing, fast pounding heartbeats, confusion, slurred speech, unusual thoughts or behaviour, hallucinations, agitation, aggression, suicidal or self hurtful thoughts, restless muscle movements in the eyes, tongue, jaw or neck, pale skin, easy bruising or bleeding, unusual weakness, fever, chills, body aches, flu symptoms, urinary problems, nausea, stomach pain, low fever, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay coloured stools or jaundice.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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