Tranxene and Alcohol

In most cases, people taking the drug are advised to avoid combining Tranxene and alcohol. Combining the two can increase the risk of side effects, such as low blood pressure and dizziness. It may also make a person more sensitive to the effects of alcohol. However, you should feel free to talk to your healthcare provider about Tranxene and alcohol to come up with a plan that is right for you.

Can I Drink Alcohol While Taking Tranxene?

Tranxene® (clorazepate dipotassium) and alcohol are both central nervous system depressants (CNS depressants), which means they slow down brain activity. Drinking alcohol while taking the drug may increase your risk for serious reactions and side effects. In general, drinking alcohol while on Tranxene is not recommended. In addition, many people with mental illness are advised to avoid alcohol.

Tranxene and Alcohol: Side Effects

Drinking alcohol while taking Tranxene may increase your risk of certain Tranxene side effects, such as:
  • Drowsiness
  • Dizziness
  • Unusual behavior
  • Low blood pressure (hypotension)
  • Memory problems
  • Problems with coordination.
It may also slow down both the heart and breathing, 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 Tranxene. For example, you may not be able to safely drink as much alcohol as you are used to drinking in the past.
Tranxene is approved to treat anxiety, as well as several other conditions. Generally, it is best for people with mental illnesses (such as anxiety) to avoid drinking alcohol. Alcohol may make mental illness worse, and is often a form of "self-medication." In addition, people with an alcohol abuse problem may be more likely to abuse Tranxene and experience Tranxene addiction.
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