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How dangerous is it to drink a beer or so if I take sleeping pills

A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sherin Ibrahim Howett
17 years experience Sleep Medicine
Never take together: It's never a good idea to take sleeping pills with alcohol. They both cause sedation and can effect your breathing at night. Alcohol close to bedtime ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
There are different: Types of sleeping medications. Taking beer with some sleeping pills could definitely be dangerous. Ingesting beer with a significant amt of sleepin ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Walter Husar
32 years experience Neurology
Depends on amount: Alcohol is a CNS depressant similar to a sleeping pill, i would recommending waiting 12 hours or longer before taking a muscle relaxant after drinking ... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Pollard
29 years experience Anesthesiology
No: I think that the beer will make you quite sleepy enough. There is a possibility of a cumulative effect of the two substances and so they should be not ... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Yes: But, i think that you already knew the answer to that question.
A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stephen Southard
14 years experience Internal Medicine
Realize: The two may work against each other, as the caffeine in coffee is a stimulant and may keep you awake, while sleeping pills do the opposite. You may w ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
I would NOT: Take any sleeping pills with alcohol.
A female asked:
Dr. William Depaso
43 years experience Sleep Medicine
As : As a general rule, you should not have more than two alcoholic beverages in a day and they should be consumed 4 hours before bedtime. If you have ho ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronald Krauser
51 years experience Rheumatology
Very harmful: Alcohol often makes sleeping pills more potent and increases the risk of overdose.
A 41-year-old male asked:
Dr. Michael Kleerekoper
50 years experience Endocrinology
Red wine: Too much of a good thing is no good for you. That said, drink a glass of red wine but do it slowly and don't get a refill.
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