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What are the negative effects of taking sleeping pills with alcohol on a regular basis?

What are the negative effects of taking sleeping pills with alcohol on a regular basis?

Dangerous: These medications are both in the class of "depressants." they can be extremely dangerous if mixed. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Alcohol and sleeping pills? I've had horrible insomnia my entire life and take sleeping pills nightly because of it. It says on the bottle not to mix with alcohol. I also just turned 21. Could i drink in the early afternoon or evening, then take the pills

Alcohol and sleeping pills? I've had horrible insomnia my entire life and take sleeping pills nightly because of it. It says on the bottle not to mix with alcohol. I also just turned 21. Could i drink in the early afternoon or evening, then take the pills

Not a good combo: The best treatment for insomnia is not sleeping pills. Eventually even someone who rarely has insomnia will become dependent on sleeping pills, and not be able to sleep without them. Talk to a doctor with experience in sleep medicine about tapering you off those medications, and using cognitive behavioral therapy for sleep. Alcohol will only worsen the problem and i would avoid it. Avoid caffeine. ...Read more

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Is it likely for someone to drown from alcohol and sleeping pills in the bath?

Is it likely for someone to drown from alcohol and sleeping pills in the bath?

Yes,possible: A person may :"pass out" and drown in a bath tub. Sleeping pills and alcohol are a bad combination even outside a bath tub. ...Read more

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Is taking natural sleeping pills with alcohol generally considered safe?

Is taking natural sleeping pills with alcohol generally considered safe?

Not a good idea: Alcohol fragments your sleep leading to poorer sleep quality. If you didn't drink alcohol in the evenings your sleep quality would likely improve. ...Read more

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Is it possible to overdose on sleeping pills without drinking alcohol ?

Is it possible to overdose on sleeping pills without drinking alcohol ?

Yes: Are you considering taking an overdose of sleeping pills? If no, please forgive my intrusiveness -but I am shrink & tend to worry about this type of thing. If yes, please have a friend or relative drive you to the emergency room now for immediate help. Or you can call 911 for help from emergency services. ...Read more

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Taking sleeping pills with drinking alcohol will increase the affects of the sleeping pills?

Yes: Combining any sedating medications (including sleeping pills) together or with alcohol will increase the sedating effects of the sleeping pills. These combinations can be dangerous so it is recommended that you do not drink when taking sleeping pills. Talk to your physician about drinking while taking any medications to be safe. ...Read more

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Is it thought of as dangerous to drink alcohol with sleeping pills?

Yes: Mixing alcohol with sleeping pills or pain pills raises the risk that you will have breathing problems during sleep (sleep apnea), possibly to the point that you will stop breathing completely. ...Read more

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How much time do you have to wait to drink alcohol after sleeping pills?

How much time do you have to wait to drink alcohol after sleeping pills?

Alcohol & sedatives: Depending on the sleeping pills, drinking alcohol can be extremely dangerous, even life-threatening. It is recommended not to drink alcohol at all if you are taking sleeping pills regularly, especially benzodiazepine, barbiturates, or benzo-like medications. ...Read more