Klonopin and Alcohol
Because combining alcohol and Klonopin can increase the risk for serious reactions and side effects (such as unusual behavior and memory problems), it is generally recommended that you should not mix Klonopin and alcohol. Another reason to avoid alcohol while taking Klonopin relates to the fact that alcohol can make mental illnesses (such as panic disorder) worse.
Alcohol and Klonopin® (clonazepam) are both central nervous system depressants (CNS depressants), which means they both slow the activity of the brain. Drinking alcohol while taking Klonopin may increase your risk for serious reactions and side effects. Therefore, it is generally not recommended to drink alcohol while taking Klonopin. Additionally, it is usually recommended that people who have mental illnesses avoid alcohol.
Drinking alcohol while taking Klonopin may increase your risk of certain Klonopin side effects, such as:
- Unusual behavior
- Memory problems
- Problems with coordination.
Klonopin may also slow both the heart and breathing rate, which can cause you to pass out, have difficulty breathing, or may even lead to death. You may also be more sensitive to the effects of alcohol if you are taking Klonopin. You may not be able to safely drink as much alcohol as you have been used to drinking in the past.
Klonopin is approved to treat panic disorder, as well as certain types of seizures. Generally, it is best for people with mental illnesses (such as panic disorder) to avoid drinking alcohol. Alcohol can make mental illnesses worse and is often a form of "self-medication." Additionally, people with an alcohol abuse problem may be more likely to abuse Klonopin.