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Re: Benzo + Acohol = Coma

Posted by Adam on December 1, 1999, at 16:05:12

In reply to Benzo + Acohol = Coma, posted by Sean on December 1, 1999, at 12:57:15

Shortly after I got out of the hospital, I was taking lorazepam on
occasion. My memory of that entire period is pretty sketchy, but I
do remember that one night, after only one beer and having taken only
one 1mg of lor., I felt very uncoordinated. Not so much punchy as
just super clumsy, and kind of sleepy. I hadn't heard this combo.
could give you a coma. I assume this would happen only after taking
copious amounts of EtOH and a benzo?

As an iteresting aside, benzos. are sometimes administered to
alcoholics going through detoxification, I think mostly to help
prevent convulsions.

As for combos of EtOH with any psych. med., CNS depression might
only be a part of the problem. For me, tolerance is greatly lowered
by taking selegiline, even though it is a very activating drug for
me. My doctor suggested this may have something to do with the
drug's effects on liver metabolism.

I've stopped consuming alcohol as a result, except for an occasional
glass of wine or beer with dinner. No more drinks at the pub. IMHO,
alcohol is the last thing you need if you're being treated for anxiety
or depression, and I've learned this through some hard experience.

> Benzos and alcohol are a bad, bad, mix. There are
> many cases of people dying from valium and alcohol.
> In fact, benzos + alcohol is such a nasty mix that
> I've seen this combo suggested on euthanasia web
> sites.
> Alcohol + an AD that cause some sedation is not as
> bad as benzos, but the CNS depression is additive,
> so you'll be a lightweight drinker...




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