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Alcohol and Diazepam

Hi everyone,

I havent been on here in ages, but things have slipped back to their old ways as usual and i have been given diazepam (2mg) to help with my panic attacks and extreme anxiety. I have only been taking 2mg a day, which seems to be helping so much so far. It is advised that you dont drink alcohol whilst taking Diazepam, but i just wondered what the effects of a glass of wine would be? Has anyone ever had alcohol with this doseage of Diazepam before?

C x

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deleted_user
deleted_user

I am on clonezepam..same med componenets basicly. I have to be frank tho.. Do not drink with your anxiety medicine. Alcohol gives you anxiety and is a depressant. you could end up in not a very good position. Meaning..If you start thinking you can drink with it...It could become unconsiously habit forming. Try to be around folks that do not drink. Is it hard? Heck yea. But i choose not to be around those that use alcohol. If i am it is for a short visit. Plenty of things to have fun doing without the wine. :)

Be well
Snooze
vonnyzzz
vonnyzzz

Hi, I was on on 2mg 3 x daily and i went on holiday and drank a small amount daily, I dont drink anyway really so if it was going to affect me then that would have been the time. I ws fine on about 2 drinks. vonny x
deleted_user
deleted_user

7/21/07. That's the day my very best friend in the world passed away at the age of 43 after mixing diazepam and alcohol. He only had 2 drinks and a low dose of diazepam. There are WARNINGS all over the bottle not to mix the two and he didn't listen. He had a heart attack and died. Warnings are there for a reason, not to mention, alcohol intensifies depression - so why drink?
deleted_user
deleted_user

I had a seizure! First and only time in my life. I forget the dosage I was taking, but I had ONE drink and had a seizure in the car ( husband was driving and took me straight to the emergency room).

We all react differently to different dosages, but my system obviously has NO tolerance.

I'd be very careful and NEVER drive.
vonnyzzz
vonnyzzz

whoops i dont even think i will ever have a alcoholic drink again if i have a diazapam, The other answers have scared the sh*t out of me. vonny x
sugar09
sugar09

I am on Diazepam and I had wine when my father died - I have never been so sick in my life !!! Be careful and as always - ask your doctor !!!
deleted_user
deleted_user

Hi,

I would advise not to drink alcohol with diazepam, the reason for this is because diazepam is an anti-anxiety medication which is apart of the benzodiazepine family as you might know. Diazepam acts by enhancing the effects of GABA in the brain, and is also a muscle relaxant. When mixing with alcohol they effect each other by enhancing the effects of one another with can prove to be fatal even in small doses.

Its also best to safe than sorry. To find out more information ask a Pharmacist for advice or try and get you hands on a MIMS book with will give you advice about the side effects and precautions you should take when mixing drugs together.

Hope this helps

Rowie
deleted_user
deleted_user

well obviously I am the bad influence here. I'm on 2 mg clonazapam (much larger dose benzo than you)and drink regularly.

I've even had 6 shots of hard liquor immediately after taking my klonopin.

I just felt a little extra hung over and anxious the next few days.

My phsychiatrist seems to think drinking with benzos os fine in small doses. He said that I should not have more than a couple drinks of alchohol per day because it acts similarly on the brain as the benzos. And, of course it makes virtually any mental problem worse.

So a glass of wine and 2mg of valium would be to bad IMO. especially compared to were I have been. *Ahem* 2 mg Clonazapam (20 mg diazam) and 6 shots hard liquor (2-3 bottles of wine)

Good luck
deleted_user
deleted_user

*would'nt
deleted_user
deleted_user

Drinking on any medication for mental health reasons is dangerous, and it even says that on the bottle when you look at it.

My cousin was on this, and now has been in a coma for over 25 years, she was 23 years old at the time.

Even when you take antibiotics and drink, well whatt happens is the booze stops the meds from fighting whatever infection you were put on it for.

I am glad that you decided to not chance it!!
I can't believe that any doctor would tell a patient that it's ok to drink while on antidepressants, as that is just as dangerous.

Love,
Debbie
deleted_user
deleted_user

There are a number of reasons why you shouln't combine diazepam and alcohol. Worst case scenario is respiratory failure and death. More likely is that you will fall and hurt yourself, or end up in some kind of accident. You might behave in a way that you would otherwise never have done. Remember that diazepam remains in the body for a very long time, meaning that drinking the day after you took it is dangerous.