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Lorazepam + Alcohol
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Kev2205 posted:
I had a severe panic attack back in mid November and went to see a doctor the next day. He wrote me a prescription for 0.5mg of Lorazepam to take as needed. I have been taking one 0.5mg pill each morning since I have had the prescription. I consume alcohol on a regular basis (5-6 days out of the week) and at first everything felt normal while taking Lorazepam each morning and then having a few drinks at night during the week and maybe quite a bit on the weekends. I have noticed a slight tingling or numbness around the back of my head after drinking and this has been going on for maybe 6 weeks now. Within the past week or two I have noticed an increase in the numbness or tingling sensation I feel in my head after consuming alcohol. This scares me very much as I absolutely cannot stand the feeling. I drank 2 beers yesterday and I felt so horrible all I could do was drink water and lay down just waiting for this sensation to go away. I am assuming that the Lorazepam and alcohol combination are the cause. Am I right? If so, how long does Lorazepam stay in your system after your last dose (0.5mg)? I'm also worried about what will happen if I just stop taking the Lorazepam altogether. Any advice or input would be greatly appreciated.
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Dr_Patricia_Farrell responded:
You're absolutely right that lorazepam and alcohol don't mix; it's fire and gasoline. Please talk to your doc about the sensations you're feeling. This is very important, so don't delay and try to cut out the alcohol.
 
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Kev2205 responded:
Thank you very much for taking the time to read my post. The thing is though, I was laid off at the end of January and I no longer have health insurance so I can't visit the clinic to see a doctor or it will be very costly. Should I still call and talk to someone at the clinic?


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