However, it is extremely important for the overseeing physician to carefully monitor the patient for signs of addiction to benzodiazepines. These medications carry their own risk of addiction and abuse. This can become particularly dangerous if the individual suffers a relapse and combines a Klonopin prescription with alcohol consumption. Both alcohol and Klonopin are used as date rape drugs. These two drugs can, in large quantities, impair judgment and assessment of risk, as well as lead to temporary amnesia and extreme fatigue.
Klonopin enters the bloodstream within hours after ingestion, so while it does not act as quickly as other, more famous date rape drugs like Rohypnol, it is as likely in large enough doses to cause the individual to pass out. This is especially true when used in combination with alcohol, and it is harder to detect in alcoholic beverages. For people who suffer from addiction to either alcohol or Klonopin, it is important to get help as soon as possible to overcome the problem.
If these addictions go untreated, the individual becomes more likely to abuse alcohol and benzodiazepines together in greater quantity, or to combine these drugs with other drugs like heroin, cocaine, prescription painkillers, or barbiturates. Inpatient rehabilitation is often most effective for treating addictions to both alcohol and Klonopin. Medical oversight helps clients withdraw from the addictive substances safely, while social support from therapists and peers helps clients to uncover the roots of their substance abuse and find better coping mechanisms for stress and cravings.
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Alone, alcohol can induce effects like: Slurred speech Euphoria, depression, or aggression Loss of coordination, leading to stumbling or falling. Loss of memory Nausea or vomiting Irregular breathing or heart rate. Stroke Fatty liver Permanent arrhythmia, or irregular changes in heartbeat Alcoholic hepatitis Cardiomyopathy, or the stretching out and drooping of the heart muscle tissue. Drowsiness or sleepiness Blurred vision Slurred speech Memory problems or problems thinking.
Headache Loss of coordination Loss of appetite, or vomiting Sleep changes or problems such as insomnia. Both Klonopin and alcohol are CNS central nervous system depressants. In prescription doses of Klonopin, for anxiety or withdrawal symptoms, this helps relax and calm the individual so they feel better and can function normally. Unfortunately, this calming effect can be addictive.
Going off gradually or titraiting down will not be a issue. Thank you Paul for your help. I live in the U. I know the withdrawal can be scary cause seizures and even death. My next appointment is next month. I'm going to print some things out to show him but wait until I see him to see how he wants to go about tapering me off. I know it's a long process. Has far as the alcohol withdrawal goes I just felt like I waisted the er's time.
Like I said I was there for 6 hours but one nurse said the more important patients to take care of. Since they didn't even give me the iv drip with all the vitamins I went to the drug store today and bought thiamine, magnesium and a multi vitamin and been drinking lots of gatorade coconut water and just plain water. I did read all the vitamins were supposed to be giving in a banana bag through iv but they didn't do that at all.
Hopefully the oral tablets are sufficient enough. I feel somewhat better today. Still have a headache and had crazy dreams last night. I'm not even sure if I really slept. Good news is I haven't drink anymore and I seriously don't want to. This last time around has been pure hell. Thank you for your advise but i really want to see my doctor next month rather then try to ween myself off. I just think it's safer that way seeing I've been on the medication for 9 years.
I don't take it for sleep. I take it for generalized anxiety, panic attacks and social phobia. I've never taken it if i drink. He put me on ambien for sleep but only as needed. I hate that attitude some health care professionals have towards people who drink too much. That nurse needs firing! The most important vitamin for you to take is the thiamine.
A deficiency of thiamine which happens when you drink too much is the main cause of alcohol-related dementia, so it is important to put that back. You might also consider Vitamin B Compound Strong, but the crucial thing is that you get back to a healthier diet and put these nurrients back naturally through your food. I agree what you said about the nurse. There was a patient across the hall from me going through alcohol withdrawal and he got treated the same way. Today I did what you suggested and got the strong vitamin b compound pills with electrolytes included.
She also could not belive they didn't give me any vitamins through an iv drip. She asked were they crazy. I want to think you for all your help Paul and I will continue to listen to you. Over a short period of time maybe a month taking a little more than the recommended dose of vitamin supplements won't do much harm, particularly if you have a deficiency. I agree with the pharmacist that you shouldn't do it longterm.
I've been eating good. Can u tell me the difference between high potency b vitamin complex and vitamin b compound strong. I got the complex. At the pharmacy they said it's about the same as the compound just with added electrolytes which i thought would be helpful. I've been feeling better everyday just sleepy at times but that comes and passes. You can inbox me if you prefer. It's as you said, there are other things in the 'complex' version. Just a quick line to say that I found tyour posts in this thread really helpful and interesting.
I drink most nights and am doing well cutting down slowly, having days with no alchohol and others with less units than I used to. I am also bipolar with a coplex cocktail of meds so realise that I must cut down opr the alchohol will will ruin the therapiutic effect of the meds. Incidenatlly, one of my meds is diazepam but I have a rule now , never to drink alchohol and take diazepam on the same day, which works for my anxiety. Glad that you found my posts helpful, Lizzie.
The easiest way for you to reduce your drinking over time would be with Nalemefene Selincro which has been discussed at length in this forum. If you search 'The Sinclair Method' and do some reading about that, that is the most effective treatment method to get you back to controlled drinking. You are right about drinking with diazepam. Alcohol WILL affect the effectiveness of medications for any mood disorders as it is a depressant.
Just get of Citalopram, go for Mirtazapine or Tricyclic, if these things give you alcohol cravings. Not sure if this is the problem But a bottle of vodka in the morning? This reply has been deleted by a moderator. You r only kidding yourself I'm not kidding anyone - I'm being sensible. It makes complete sense that going to 3. It's also within UK government guidelines as "safe". Nevertheless, thanks for the encouragement. So cutting down has all the health benefits unlisted so did u add the health benefits of eating wet rocks too!
U said UR not stupid then go into rehab that's the smart choice. They love u and don't want to watch you self destruct and suffer any more. Can u not for once stop letting the addiction control UR decisions, but make decisions to find sobriety. How many times in the past have u cut down on UR alcohol intake? And how long did it last? What is UR rate of success? There are so many others who luv and want u to be sober so bad that they would gladly change places with you, just to give you a healthily alcohol free life.
Raymond I've been thru the same situation as u on my 4th withdrawal now from 20units all day from 8oclock in the morning I hate withdrawals they are horrible but u just have to man up and take the punishment for abusing ure body, I'm only on day 3 at the moment but don't seem as bad, u must eat and drink fluids I drink a lot of fruit juice, I've just gotta feel the pain and it will make u know next time u pick up the first drink u will end up here again, I'm never touching another drop!!!
I just need to repeat, for the benefit of anybody planning to go cold turkey, it is very dangerous, can even kill. Yes, it is fine to gradually reduce but very very difficult to stick to a withdrawal regime. You are obviously doing ok James. Well done and I hope you don't mind me alerting people to the dangers. Hi there,I am new to this forum but I would like to know if you think you can wean from alcohol gradually and safely without dt's and convulsions???
Yes Judy, you can, but most people find it impossible as they start with good intentions, reduce their alcohol intake initially but then it creeps back up again. In many years of working with people with alcohol problems, I have known none who succeeded in slowly reducing their drinking and then KEEPING it under control long term.
I am sure there must be some and there may be someone in this forum who will tell me that they did, but it is harder to do than almost any other method of stopping or reducing your alcohol intake. Thank you for your quick response. I am on week one of weaning and have had no problems thus far. I am determined and frankly tired of being a slave to the drink. I guess time will tell. Are you on an SSRI? They cause alcohol cravings.
Can if pick your brains about withdrawal? A close family member has already done a medicated detox in October after drinking for a few years daily and has been dry for about 4 months until 2 weeks ago: In terms of detox again are we back to square one, is there the potential for seizures etc and serious withdrawal symptoms are such a short period of drinking again or will a gradual reduction in units per day be appropriate?
It's hard to judge whether the effects are as severe once the liver has had such a break? The only way to judge, SP84, is by withdrawal symptoms is that person tries to go without a drink. If there are physical withdrawal symptoms, another detox will be needed. By withdrawal symptoms, I don't mean only craving a drink. I mean shakiness, sweating, agitation etc. Citalopram, Effexor, both notorious for creating alcohol cravings.
I now read references to it everywhere. I gave up effexor, suddenly the cravings have gone Oh also, I had poor liver function,Stage 3a kidney disease, high blood pressure, hih cholesterol. I was drinking one bottle of wine a night. I gave up the drugs before the drink.. I'm new here too and found this really helpful. I wonder if someone could advise on my specific circumstances.
I underwent a detox as an outpatient in may but unfortunately fell off the wagon in august. I really want to sort it out but I'm scared. Have been drinking 2 bottles of wine per night. I tried to switch to cider but four cans isn't enough to prevent withdrawal in the form of sweats and severe anxiety. I have six doses of 2mg diazepam left from may. Will this be enough to get me through the worst of withdrawal or should I try to cut back first? Badly don't want to go back to the docs if I can help it.
Unfortunately, six doses of 2mg is not enough to help much. You do need to see your doctor again. I think I'll try the old fashioned way of cutting down first. Appreciate your time in replying. We want the forums to be a useful resource for our users but it is important to remember that the forums are not moderated or reviewed by doctors and so you should not rely on opinions or advice given by other users in respect of any healthcare matters. Always speak to your doctor before acting and in cases of emergency seek appropriate medical assistance immediately.
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