Alcohol and Ativan

It is generally recommended that you avoid alcohol while taking Ativan. When alcohol and Ativan are combined, they can increase your risk of certain Ativan side effects, such as unusual behavior, dizziness, and coordination problems. If you do drink, be sure to talk with your healthcare provider; he or she can suggest ways to help you stop drinking.

Can I Drink Alcohol While Taking Ativan?

Both alcohol and Ativan® (lorazepam) are central nervous system depressants (CNS depressants), which means they both can slow down brain activity. When combined, they can increase your risk for serious reactions. This is why, according to the Ativan prescribing information, drinking alcohol while on Ativan is not recommended. Additionally, for many people with mental illness, it is usually recommended that alcohol be avoided.

Ativan and Alcohol Side Effects

Drinking alcohol while taking Ativan may increase your risk of certain Ativan side effects, such as:
  • Drowsiness
  • Dizziness
  • Problems with coordination
  • Unusual behavior
  • Memory problems.
It may also slow both the heart and breathing, which can cause you to pass out, have difficulty breathing, or even lead to death.
You may also be more sensitive to the effects of alcohol if you are taking Ativan. You may not be able to safely drink as much alcohol as you were used to drinking in the past.
Ativan is approved to treat anxiety. Generally, it is best for people with mental illnesses to avoid drinking alcohol. Alcohol may worsen mental illness and is often a form of "self-medication." Additionally, people with an alcohol abuse problem may be more likely to abuse Ativan.
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