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#1 The Emperor

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Posted 19 September 2009 - 02:57 PM

I do realize that technically you aren't supposed to drink on a lot of meds. I am on Effexor and klonopin. I take .5mg of clonazepam twice a day.

Anyhoo, like I said, I know it's "not good" to do this. I'm not supposed to be drinking on either of my meds.

And, I NEVER EVER HAVE.

I actually have probably been drunk one time in the past three years and maybe had five drinks on five separate occasions outside of that, but it was all before I started taking meds.

Tonight I'm attending a birthday party for a girl I know. I don't really know that I want to drink, I don't think so, but I have pretty bad anxiety about people and shit and know that a drink might help alleviate it. I'm not planning on drinking to self-medicate this, but I don't know WHAT I will do once I am there. I really cannot make a commitment to NOT drinking and know I will stick to it, unfortunately.

I do plan on taking .5mg of klonopin before I go, and maybe this will make the anxiety manageable, I don't know, I don't go out much, don't attend ANY parties or any big social gatherings.

Okay, anyway, I was just wondering, really, is it okay to maybe have a drink or two with these meds? Yeah, I know the doctor would probably advise against it, but it won't make me falling down drunk or kill me, will it? I know, everyone is different, but I doubt everyone here has given up the occasional glass of wine or two. I just want to know how your benzos (or other meds) interact with the alcohol. Is this something I should be afraid of? Big NO NO? I don't really know what to do!

I don't plan on getting wasted, I don't like that, I just want maybe a drink or two, if I feel like it. Any advice?

Thanks! I know this has probably been addressed before, but I failed to find anything using the "search" function, maybe poor wording on my part, I dunno.

What the docs wrote down about my Crazy: Bipolar II, Some anxiety issue
The pills they give me to fix this shit: Lamictal 175mg, clonazepam 1mg , Trileptal 600mg
Pills that did NOT fix this shit: Sertraline, Buspirone, Mirtazipine, Paroxetine, Gabapentin, Effexor XR, Lorazepam, Cymbalta(twice), Zolpidem, Bupropion XL, Pristiq, Fluoxetine, Vistaril, Lexapro, Celexa, Trazodone, Geodon

Pills that worked well enough but side effects were total shit so I stopped: Abilify, Lithium, valium

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#2 beetle

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Posted 19 September 2009 - 03:22 PM

I know I shouldn't but I drink on my meds and it's quite a lot on occasion. I mean like I don't drink a couple glasses of wine, I drink the bottle and then wish there was more. I'm taking .5mg of Klonopin twice daily.
The conservative answer is to never ever drink while you're on head meds. But how many of us do? Many.

If you don't know how it effects you though, I wouldn't advise your first time having a drink on your meds to be out in public. You simply don't know if it will knock you on your ass or not. And since you're not a drinker with a tolerance, like me, that one drink mixed with your klono just might knock you on your ass.

If I were you, I'd see how I felt after having a drink at home. The main thing with benzos and alcohol is that if you really overdo it, you can dangerously depress you CNS. At least that's how I understand it. Like, stop breathing in your sleep kind of stuff. Someone correct me if I'm wrong.

I wouldn't take your klono and wash it down with drink either. Just be careful. I'm not going to be the one to tell you to never ever have a drink.
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AM Wellbutrin XL 300mg, Ritalin LA 30mg, Klonopin .5mg,
PM Geodon 160mg, Klonopin 1mg

Dx past: BP NOS w/ schizoid tendencies, Double depression, MDD or something
Rx past: Lithium+prozac, tegretol+paxil, effexor+wellbutrin, lexapro, cymbalta, provigil,
zoloft+ strattera, abilify (twice)+wellbutrin, lamictal+wellbutrin, risperdal, trileptal and a dash of xanax and klonopin

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Posted 19 September 2009 - 03:56 PM

Yes, it's a bad idea. However, if you drink, drink *slowly* and plan to drink less than you would have off meds. In the past, I've had meds make 3/4 of a single-serving-size margarita act like two of them, which for me meant difficulty walking in a straight line.

#4 The Emperor

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Posted 19 September 2009 - 04:09 PM

Thanks guys. I actually finally found a thread on this just a few minutes ago after typing in many more variations of "alcohol and meds" or "klonopin and drinking" Damn that took forever. So no one else has to answer this if you don't want to. I wish I would have found that before having everyone be so redundant. I looked though.

I wish that I could have tried this at home first, but I'm just not a drinker. I got all the blackouts and humiliations over with by the time I was 20, so I've been trashed a whole lot and partied a whole lot and consider that phase of my life completely over with now, so I'm weird and will rarely even think about touching a fucking beverage these days. So I have a weird thing about drinking on the meds and have been really good about it.

I just feel bad that it's supposed that I SHOULD give up a few things that normal people can enjoy in moderation because I'm on a couple of meds, or because I have some mental shit going on. I know that's just the way it goes, and I can't blame anyone for it, it's just a bit of a bummer. And I really DON'T want to get trashed at all, just have two drinks or something, you know?

A margarita at the mexican restaraunt, maybe some fucking champagne to celebrate being home-owners, or our five year anniversary, these events are coming up very soon. I don't know, just kinda sucks. No real big deal or anything since I don't drink, but you know, sometimes it would be nice to have a beer during my football games or what the hell ever just because I LIKE beer, and I LIKE margaritas.

Get non alcoholic shit I guess, doesn't taste as good though, just like I can't drink de-caf coffee.

Sorry about the rant. I probably won't drink at all.

Watch me rant on my blog tomorrow about how wasted I got. Geez I hope not.

What the docs wrote down about my Crazy: Bipolar II, Some anxiety issue
The pills they give me to fix this shit: Lamictal 175mg, clonazepam 1mg , Trileptal 600mg
Pills that did NOT fix this shit: Sertraline, Buspirone, Mirtazipine, Paroxetine, Gabapentin, Effexor XR, Lorazepam, Cymbalta(twice), Zolpidem, Bupropion XL, Pristiq, Fluoxetine, Vistaril, Lexapro, Celexa, Trazodone, Geodon

Pills that worked well enough but side effects were total shit so I stopped: Abilify, Lithium, valium

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#5 beetle

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Posted 19 September 2009 - 04:24 PM

Thanks guys. I actually finally found a thread on this just a few minutes ago after typing in many more variations of "alcohol and meds" or "klonopin and drinking" Damn that took forever. So no one else has to answer this if you don't want to. I wish I would have found that before having everyone be so redundant. I looked though.

I wish that I could have tried this at home first, but I'm just not a drinker. I got all the blackouts and humiliations over with by the time I was 20, so I've been trashed a whole lot and partied a whole lot and consider that phase of my life completely over with now, so I'm weird and will rarely even think about touching a fucking beverage these days. So I have a weird thing about drinking on the meds and have been really good about it.

I just feel bad that it's supposed that I SHOULD give up a few things that normal people can enjoy in moderation because I'm on a couple of meds, or because I have some mental shit going on. I know that's just the way it goes, and I can't blame anyone for it, it's just a bit of a bummer. And I really DON'T want to get trashed at all, just have two drinks or something, you know?

A margarita at the mexican restaraunt, maybe some fucking champagne to celebrate being home-owners, or our five year anniversary, these events are coming up very soon. I don't know, just kinda sucks. No real big deal or anything since I don't drink, but you know, sometimes it would be nice to have a beer during my football games or what the hell ever just because I LIKE beer, and I LIKE margaritas.

Get non alcoholic shit I guess, doesn't taste as good though, just like I can't drink de-caf coffee.

Sorry about the rant. I probably won't drink at all.

Watch me rant on my blog tomorrow about how wasted I got. Geez I hope not.

Is someone else going to be doing the driving. Since you don't know how even one drink is going to mix with your klono I would highly suggest having a driver.
Dx:
"My working Dx is Bipolar. Yes, there seems to be some HFA traits." ~my pdoc
Possibly BP II ~a Psy.D

Rx:
AM Wellbutrin XL 300mg, Ritalin LA 30mg, Klonopin .5mg,
PM Geodon 160mg, Klonopin 1mg

Dx past: BP NOS w/ schizoid tendencies, Double depression, MDD or something
Rx past: Lithium+prozac, tegretol+paxil, effexor+wellbutrin, lexapro, cymbalta, provigil,
zoloft+ strattera, abilify (twice)+wellbutrin, lamictal+wellbutrin, risperdal, trileptal and a dash of xanax and klonopin

#6 The Emperor

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Posted 19 September 2009 - 04:39 PM

yeah, SO is coming with me, and I don't drive anyway, so yeah, he doesn't drink either. He'll drive me home. Thanks for the concern.Posted Image

What the docs wrote down about my Crazy: Bipolar II, Some anxiety issue
The pills they give me to fix this shit: Lamictal 175mg, clonazepam 1mg , Trileptal 600mg
Pills that did NOT fix this shit: Sertraline, Buspirone, Mirtazipine, Paroxetine, Gabapentin, Effexor XR, Lorazepam, Cymbalta(twice), Zolpidem, Bupropion XL, Pristiq, Fluoxetine, Vistaril, Lexapro, Celexa, Trazodone, Geodon

Pills that worked well enough but side effects were total shit so I stopped: Abilify, Lithium, valium

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Posted 19 September 2009 - 05:09 PM

I'd actually like to see the thread too, got the link to it still or tell me what its title was THE EMPEROR? I am going somewhere tomorrow and would like to drink some wine but I haven't had and benzo's since yesterday. I won't be driving of course, and I don't plan on taking meds (mainly the pain and muscle relaxer ones since drinking with those is ASKING for trouble) during the afternoon while I have wine in my system...I was reading this and searched too but didn't find another thread devoted to this topic. Thanks for asking about it THE EMPEROR! ;)

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Posted 19 September 2009 - 05:12 PM

I've been on Klonopin for ... maybe 3 or 4 years? 2-4mg a day. I do drink while on it (but I have a problem with drinking).
I will say that it makes every drink feel like 2 FOR ME. IF you choose to drink, just have one drink. And drink slowly. You can even get a mixed drink and tell the bartender to go very light on the booze.
I've been trying cut down my drinking hardcore...haven't had a drink in several days. Last night (after taking 4mg of klonopin throughout the day), I had one glass of wine at a birthday party and I was definitely tipsy. This wouldn't have happened if I were not on the Klonopin.
I would suggest not doing it, but if you choose to be careful. Oftentimes when I go out, I chug my first drink so it gets in my system hopefully scaring the social anxiety away. Don't do this. It's stupid and It makes me feel like crap after.
Oh, also...try to stick with beer with a low alcohol content.
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Drugs: Lexapro 10, Wellbutrin 450, Abilify 15, Klonopin 2 (max 6mg/day), Adderall 20-30

Past R/X's: Lithium (tried twice), Lamictal (complete hell), Depakote, Abilify (tried twice. second time worked amazingly. AMAZINGLY! Unfortunately, I simply cannot afford it...), Luvox (tried twice), Prozac, Paxil, Effexor, Geodon, Dexedrine (did nothing), Ativan (really good for social phobia), Restoril, Wellbutrin (working amazingly this time around)

Other EEG Biofeedback (worked miracles for my OCD. My compulsions are infrequent and when they happen are manageable the vast majority of the time. Obsessions still happen, not as bad and are manageable), acupuncture- I did this for about a year and a half. While it helped greatly with some problems (my screwed up digestive system, poor immune system, constant lethargy) it did nothing to improve any aspect of my mental health. That said, I definitely think it's worth giving a try :)

#9 The Emperor

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Posted 19 September 2009 - 05:27 PM

I'd actually like to see the thread too, got the link to it still or tell me what its title was THE EMPEROR? I am going somewhere tomorrow and would like to drink some wine but I haven't had and benzo's since yesterday. I won't be driving of course, and I don't plan on taking meds (mainly the pain and muscle relaxer ones since drinking with those is ASKING for trouble) during the afternoon while I have wine in my system...I was reading this and searched too but didn't find another thread devoted to this topic. Thanks for asking about it THE EMPEROR! Posted Image



I don't have the link, but just type in "klonopin, alcohol" into the search thingy up there, make sure to remember the comma! If that doesn't work, the way I found the thread actually was by googling "klonopin and alcohol" and that thread popped up fourth or fifth on the first page. It really wasn't easy to find, I typed in soooo many different things here.

What the docs wrote down about my Crazy: Bipolar II, Some anxiety issue
The pills they give me to fix this shit: Lamictal 175mg, clonazepam 1mg , Trileptal 600mg
Pills that did NOT fix this shit: Sertraline, Buspirone, Mirtazipine, Paroxetine, Gabapentin, Effexor XR, Lorazepam, Cymbalta(twice), Zolpidem, Bupropion XL, Pristiq, Fluoxetine, Vistaril, Lexapro, Celexa, Trazodone, Geodon

Pills that worked well enough but side effects were total shit so I stopped: Abilify, Lithium, valium

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#10 The Emperor

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Posted 19 September 2009 - 05:35 PM

ksh- thanks for your response. All the information I found on it from people WITHOUT experience was just basically "DON'T DO THAT! YOU COULD DIE!" Which I actually don't think is necessarily too likely with .5-1mg of klono and a beer or two, so I'm fairly certain this won't kill me.

SO is coming with me and can likely help me. I used to be the type that couldn't stop at just one drink, and even though it's been a LOOONG time since then, I'm going to try my best to be pretty cautious about this because I don't want to have one or two drinks and then not be able to stop. I KNOW my best option is to not have ANY drinks here, especially since I'll be in a setting with a freaking FOUNTAIN of whiskey(which used to be my absolute FAVORITE) and a keg. So, needless to say, there will be quite the supply of alcohol available.

And I used to be the type that drank the first drink slowly and every drink after that within ten seconds, so this is certainly an issue for me. I'm nervous and KNOW there's going to be a bit of pressure on me to have *A* drink or shot here and there. If it sounds like a bad idea, I know I won't do it, but I'm afraid it will sound like a GOOD idea. Hopefully not.

So I've decided that I'm likely NOT going to even have one, I don't think I will right now. That does not mean that 9:00PM rolls around and I'll have the same opinion at all.

But this really was all good advice, and if I DO drink, I'll try and take it really slow and limit myself to one or two drinks. Hopefully the klonopin will be enough that I don't have to worry about medicating my social anxiety with endless amounts of Jack Daniels.

What the docs wrote down about my Crazy: Bipolar II, Some anxiety issue
The pills they give me to fix this shit: Lamictal 175mg, clonazepam 1mg , Trileptal 600mg
Pills that did NOT fix this shit: Sertraline, Buspirone, Mirtazipine, Paroxetine, Gabapentin, Effexor XR, Lorazepam, Cymbalta(twice), Zolpidem, Bupropion XL, Pristiq, Fluoxetine, Vistaril, Lexapro, Celexa, Trazodone, Geodon

Pills that worked well enough but side effects were total shit so I stopped: Abilify, Lithium, valium

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Posted 19 September 2009 - 07:22 PM

Thanks! I will run a search on it now. ;) Good luck at the party! :)

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Posted 20 September 2009 - 12:11 AM

Thanks. I just got back, thought I'd give an update if anyone gave a shit, which I doubt. sometimes people post shit on here that I get curious about and wish there was an update and, no such luck, so here's mine;

Went to the party, was nervous, didn't relate to anyone there, didn't have a great time, wished I was normal and could drink and have a good time like everyone else. Had a weak drink that I drank slowly just so I had something in my hands and people weren't offering me a drink left and right.

I don't really think I feel much different than usual on my klonopin, though SO thinks I seem tipsy, which I REALLY don't feel like it at ALL, so maybe something weird did happen, but I honestly don't even feel like I drank anything.

So there you go, 1 drink + my usual dosage of klonopin= nothing special or frightening for me.

this isn't meant to encourage anyone to drink on their meds, this was just what happened to me.

Thanks to everyone who helped!

What the docs wrote down about my Crazy: Bipolar II, Some anxiety issue
The pills they give me to fix this shit: Lamictal 175mg, clonazepam 1mg , Trileptal 600mg
Pills that did NOT fix this shit: Sertraline, Buspirone, Mirtazipine, Paroxetine, Gabapentin, Effexor XR, Lorazepam, Cymbalta(twice), Zolpidem, Bupropion XL, Pristiq, Fluoxetine, Vistaril, Lexapro, Celexa, Trazodone, Geodon

Pills that worked well enough but side effects were total shit so I stopped: Abilify, Lithium, valium

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#13 kdbee

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Posted 20 September 2009 - 05:23 AM

Hey,

It kind of changes things in that you've had a problem with limiting alcohol in your past. Even though it's been a long time since then, you could relapse. Add that to the mix and I'd have said not to drink at all.

Also, if your SO says that you seemed a bit tipsey tonight, you probably were. In situations like these, we're usually not the best at judging ourselves. I'd trust him on that one. I'd hate for you to think, "hey, I did ok last time" and try to drink two or three drinks the next. You know?

I went out last night for awhile, had two drinks and then knew it was time to go home despite friends wanting me to stay out longer. I knew i'd just drink more and I already felt buzzed enough to know that the third drink would have put me over the edge (the bad edge).

In the future, another thing you can do is order soda water and cranberry juice...or something like that...That way people see a drink in your hand and won't feel the need to fill your empty hand. ;)
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Drugs: Lexapro 10, Wellbutrin 450, Abilify 15, Klonopin 2 (max 6mg/day), Adderall 20-30

Past R/X's: Lithium (tried twice), Lamictal (complete hell), Depakote, Abilify (tried twice. second time worked amazingly. AMAZINGLY! Unfortunately, I simply cannot afford it...), Luvox (tried twice), Prozac, Paxil, Effexor, Geodon, Dexedrine (did nothing), Ativan (really good for social phobia), Restoril, Wellbutrin (working amazingly this time around)

Other EEG Biofeedback (worked miracles for my OCD. My compulsions are infrequent and when they happen are manageable the vast majority of the time. Obsessions still happen, not as bad and are manageable), acupuncture- I did this for about a year and a half. While it helped greatly with some problems (my screwed up digestive system, poor immune system, constant lethargy) it did nothing to improve any aspect of my mental health. That said, I definitely think it's worth giving a try :)

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Posted 20 September 2009 - 10:04 AM

Emperor, one of my favorite drinks is ginger ale. It looks like a mixed drink, but I can drink lots of them with no ill effect.

I'm sorry you didn't feel comfortable there, but it's good that you didn't get drunk. That just isn't real safe with our meds.

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Posted 20 September 2009 - 10:19 AM

Thanks. I just got back, thought I'd give an update if anyone gave a shit, which I doubt. sometimes people post shit on here that I get curious about and wish there was an update and, no such luck, so here's mine;

Went to the party, was nervous, didn't relate to anyone there, didn't have a great time, wished I was normal and could drink and have a good time like everyone else. Had a weak drink that I drank slowly just so I had something in my hands and people weren't offering me a drink left and right.

I don't really think I feel much different than usual on my klonopin, though SO thinks I seem tipsy, which I REALLY don't feel like it at ALL, so maybe something weird did happen, but I honestly don't even feel like I drank anything.

So there you go, 1 drink + my usual dosage of klonopin= nothing special or frightening for me.

this isn't meant to encourage anyone to drink on their meds, this was just what happened to me.

Thanks to everyone who helped!

I'm glad your experiment wasn't a disaster. Sorry you didn't have fun at the party.
Dx:
"My working Dx is Bipolar. Yes, there seems to be some HFA traits." ~my pdoc
Possibly BP II ~a Psy.D

Rx:
AM Wellbutrin XL 300mg, Ritalin LA 30mg, Klonopin .5mg,
PM Geodon 160mg, Klonopin 1mg

Dx past: BP NOS w/ schizoid tendencies, Double depression, MDD or something
Rx past: Lithium+prozac, tegretol+paxil, effexor+wellbutrin, lexapro, cymbalta, provigil,
zoloft+ strattera, abilify (twice)+wellbutrin, lamictal+wellbutrin, risperdal, trileptal and a dash of xanax and klonopin

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Posted 20 September 2009 - 10:53 AM

I'd actually like to see the thread too, got the link to it still or tell me what its title was THE EMPEROR? I am going somewhere tomorrow and would like to drink some wine but I haven't had and benzo's since yesterday. I won't be driving of course, and I don't plan on taking meds (mainly the pain and muscle relaxer ones since drinking with those is ASKING for trouble) during the afternoon while I have wine in my system...I was reading this and searched too but didn't find another thread devoted to this topic. Thanks for asking about it THE EMPEROR! ;)



DON'T not take your meds! Def not a good idea to choose booze over medication.
Alright. Here you go--

DX/Issues: BP2 (mixed+rapid cycling), OCD, ADD, EDNOS, anorexia nervosa (recovered), BDD, some sort of avoidant shit, really bad & constant paranoia about everything, domestic abuse survivor

Drugs: Lexapro 10, Wellbutrin 450, Abilify 15, Klonopin 2 (max 6mg/day), Adderall 20-30

Past R/X's: Lithium (tried twice), Lamictal (complete hell), Depakote, Abilify (tried twice. second time worked amazingly. AMAZINGLY! Unfortunately, I simply cannot afford it...), Luvox (tried twice), Prozac, Paxil, Effexor, Geodon, Dexedrine (did nothing), Ativan (really good for social phobia), Restoril, Wellbutrin (working amazingly this time around)

Other EEG Biofeedback (worked miracles for my OCD. My compulsions are infrequent and when they happen are manageable the vast majority of the time. Obsessions still happen, not as bad and are manageable), acupuncture- I did this for about a year and a half. While it helped greatly with some problems (my screwed up digestive system, poor immune system, constant lethargy) it did nothing to improve any aspect of my mental health. That said, I definitely think it's worth giving a try :)

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Posted 20 September 2009 - 10:15 PM

I know it's not a good idea. I don't see how one drink could hurt.

Concerning the fact that I really have had problems limiting myself in the past: though this is CERTAINLY true, I was never addicted to alcohol, it was the "get drunk and act crazy" phase that lasted a bit too long, but I wouldn't say I ever had a problem. Back in those days, my AIM was to get trashed. Now that's something I would not want, just a drink or two.

I didn't have an AWFUL time at the party, I mean, I got to see people I haven't seen in a while, and people didn't want me to leave, which was nice, but I had had my drink, didn't want to have any more, and everyone else was so drunk around me that, in order to enjoy myself, I'd have had to be on the same level as them and didn't want that, so we left.

I won't keep myself from having one drink at dinner after this, if I choose too on occasion because I know it's not realy going to be anything awful.

Yeah, SO thought I seemed tipsy, but even right now, a day later, I know he was wrong. He thought I was talking too fast or something, acting too happy. But he doesn't get that I HAVE to ACT different around these people. If I acted the way I felt, I would have shut myself up in the bathroom all night and no one would have had a place to piss. I still don't think I was tipsy in any way. But maybe there's a small chance that the interaction between my drugs made it SEEM that way. I know what tipsy feels like, that wasn't it.

AND NO to whoever wanted to not take meds in order to drink. I have considered this before, but it's likely not worth it at all.

I promise, I will be responsible and there's nothing to worry about on my end. The drunk scene just isn't mine anymore, I have no desire for it.

Thank you to all who were concerned, I totally appreciate it.

What the docs wrote down about my Crazy: Bipolar II, Some anxiety issue
The pills they give me to fix this shit: Lamictal 175mg, clonazepam 1mg , Trileptal 600mg
Pills that did NOT fix this shit: Sertraline, Buspirone, Mirtazipine, Paroxetine, Gabapentin, Effexor XR, Lorazepam, Cymbalta(twice), Zolpidem, Bupropion XL, Pristiq, Fluoxetine, Vistaril, Lexapro, Celexa, Trazodone, Geodon

Pills that worked well enough but side effects were total shit so I stopped: Abilify, Lithium, valium

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Posted 24 September 2009 - 11:50 AM

The last time I drank heavily on Klonopin (and Lexapro) I passed out in bed sobbing, rolled out of bed onto my hardwood floor, and laid there all night, to the dismay of my wife who could not budge me (190lbs male)

Previously, I have made irrational and poor choices which drinking on K - making out with strange girls at bars, spending LOTS of money, etc.

I have lost 2 friends because of $hit said/texted to them while drunk on K and alcohol. Not cool. Worked hard to develop those friendships, now they are gone, probably forever. People don;t often give 2nd chances.

Message: You think you can handle it until you can't - then you're in trouble.

Now, I do not drink at all, at my wife's insistence. I gave it up 1 month ago and have felt great ever since.

I won't drink again until I'm off the psychotropic meds. There's just too much risk involved. I've heard stories of people drinking while on Ativan and being arrested for driving naked and drunk, getting tazed and not remembering anything the next day. Alc + Benzo = not a good combo!

Just my 2c
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Current DX: 296.33 Major Depressive Disorder
Meds: Lexapro (20mg/daily), Remeron (PRN, for sleep 15mg), Klonopin (0.5mg/daily)

#19 beetle

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Posted 24 September 2009 - 01:22 PM

Wow, I guess this is really a YMMV kind of thing. I tend to drink a lot, or what most people would consider a lot, it one sitting on my head meds and it's never really effected me in any negative way. About the worst that's ever happened is I'll get a little weepy if I was kind of down to begin with. I makes it easier for me to cry, not that I need any help with that.

But I imagine it just all depends on your tolerance and metabolism and such. I don't notice any difference when drinking on my meds than when I would drink off of meds.

Now the exception to that is now that I've recently started ritalin, I had a couple glasses of wine the other night and felt much more intoxicated than I would normally. But I didn't do anything crazy. Just sat at home and had a few drinks and chilled.

I'm not trying to convince anyone to drink on their meds. It really is probably not a good idea. My biggest concern is my liver, really. I know some of these meds give the liver a workout so put alcohol on top of that and it could be bad news.

I've told my pdoc that I like to drink wine. I have not told her that it's usually the whole bottle in one sitting... well that would be over the course of an evening. I don't do it everyday but sometimes at least once a week. She doesn't seem to have a problem with me having a few drinks.
Dx:
"My working Dx is Bipolar. Yes, there seems to be some HFA traits." ~my pdoc
Possibly BP II ~a Psy.D

Rx:
AM Wellbutrin XL 300mg, Ritalin LA 30mg, Klonopin .5mg,
PM Geodon 160mg, Klonopin 1mg

Dx past: BP NOS w/ schizoid tendencies, Double depression, MDD or something
Rx past: Lithium+prozac, tegretol+paxil, effexor+wellbutrin, lexapro, cymbalta, provigil,
zoloft+ strattera, abilify (twice)+wellbutrin, lamictal+wellbutrin, risperdal, trileptal and a dash of xanax and klonopin

#20 The Emperor

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Posted 24 September 2009 - 04:06 PM

I'm not likely to drink heavily on my meds. I know that's not a good idea, it's probably not a good idea for me to drink heavily at all, though it does sound like fun sometimes. I used to have a lot of fun being a drunken dumbass before I got pregnant, now I've been drunk one time in three years, and that was before meds.

beetle- I wonder, if asked, if most p-docs would say it's probably okay to have a drink or two on klonopin (depends on the person's cocktail, I'm sure) I know that one drink didn't really do anything to me, I didn't feel like I'd even had ONE drink, so I honestly don't know why it would be a problem to have one or two drinks every now and then or even everyday if that's how you unwind and aas long as you don't get trashed all the time.

I have an appt. with p-doc next week, so I'll likely ask him about the one or two drinks every now and then thing, see what he says.

What the docs wrote down about my Crazy: Bipolar II, Some anxiety issue
The pills they give me to fix this shit: Lamictal 175mg, clonazepam 1mg , Trileptal 600mg
Pills that did NOT fix this shit: Sertraline, Buspirone, Mirtazipine, Paroxetine, Gabapentin, Effexor XR, Lorazepam, Cymbalta(twice), Zolpidem, Bupropion XL, Pristiq, Fluoxetine, Vistaril, Lexapro, Celexa, Trazodone, Geodon

Pills that worked well enough but side effects were total shit so I stopped: Abilify, Lithium, valium

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