Klonopin, like essentially all of the other benzodiazepines, when used in conjunction with alcohol can lead to much more serious central nervous system depression and put patients at risk for respiratory depression even respiratory arrest. Combination of Klonopin and alcohol can lead to accidental or intentional death.
Patients using Klonopin should be cautious to either avoid alcohol altogether or use alcoholic beverages in extreme moderation. A dose of Klonopin which alone might cause only mild sedation when combined with alcohol can lead to much more serious sedation and respiratory depression. In addition the use of Klonopin alcohol in combination can exacerbate both judgment and motor skills leading to high incidences of motor vehicle accidents if driving under the influence of these two drugs in combination.
Some physicians will not prescribe Klonopin to patients who have problems with alcohol use. In addition to use of Klonopin with alcohol, the use of Klonopin with any other drugs can cause central nervous system depression can lead to excess sedation and put patients at risk. Common examples of this type of product might include opioid pain medications like hydrocodone or oxycodone, antihistamines like Benadryl, and tricyclic or tetracyclic antidepressants like amitriptyline or trazodone. SideEffectz.com has a special page about Klonopin side effects that we would urge you to study before leaving this website.
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