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Doctor insights on: How Dangerous Is It To Drink A Beer Or So If I Take Sleeping Pills

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

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

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 is also discouraged within 5-6 hours of bedtime as it has an adverse effect on your sleep. Proper sleep hygiene can be beneficial to patients with insomnia. Speak to your doctor and see if a referral to a sleep specialist is appropriate.

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If you drink beer and take sleeping pills, will you die?

If you drink beer and take sleeping pills, will you die?

There are different: Types of sleeping medications. Taking beer with some sleeping pills could definitely be dangerous. Ingesting beer with a significant amt of sleeping medications could be lethal for a person. I would encourage you not to mix beer or other forms of alcohol with sleeping medications.

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How long should you wait to take a sleeping pill after drinking a bottle of beer?

How long should you wait to take a sleeping pill after drinking a bottle of beer?

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 alcohol.

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Is it safe to take a sleeping pill soon after drinking a beer?

Is it safe to take a sleeping pill soon after drinking a beer?

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 be mixed.

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Is drinking one beer bad after taking sleeping pills an hour ago?

Is drinking one beer bad after taking sleeping pills an hour ago?

Yes: But, I think that you already knew the answer to that question.

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Is it dangerous to drink coffee and take a sleeping pill like ambien (zolpidem)?

Is it dangerous to drink coffee and take a sleeping pill like ambien (zolpidem)?

Used a drug: Interaction checker which revealed no significant interaction btwn caffeine and ambien (zolpidem). But why take in a substance that stimulates with one that sedates?

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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.

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

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.

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Can you get seizures and throw up if you take sleeping pills and drink alcohol at the same time?

That...and worse!!!: You should never drink alcohol and take any form of sleeping "pill" as the combination is potentially lethal! Please stop this practice immediately; if you continue to have 'vomiting' seek your doctor out as this could be from the excessive alcohol use; of a gastroenterologic complication from it.

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My wife and I are worried about our 25-year-old daughter who has problems sleeping. She's out almost every night drinking and then takes sleeping pill?

Problem's not sleep: A person who is out drinking then taking sleeping pills to sleep isn't having problems with sleep; it's a problem with alcohol. She needs professional help with her drinking. Have her see her doctor as soon as possible.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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My friend henry always falls asleep whenever we drink. It used to take a lot for him to fall asleep from drinking but lately its happening after 2-3 beers. What is the cause of this? Why is it getting progressively worse?

My friend henry always falls asleep whenever we drink. It used to take a lot for him to fall asleep from drinking but lately its happening after 2-3 beers. What is the cause of this? Why is it getting progressively worse?

Alcohol Overuse: I appreciate how delicate these questions can be. But, it sounds like your friend is in trouble. He could be close to liver failure. He could be drinking more than you know and getting to black out 'quicker' than normal. But, he needs medical attention urgently. Liver failure and alcohol poisoning can be deadly. Be a true friend and confront him with your concerns gently. But do it.

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How long to wait taking a sleeping pill after drinking?

How long to wait taking a sleeping pill after drinking?

Don't mix: You should not mix drinks with any pills specially sleeping pills risk of sedation.

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What are the risks of taking a 50mg sleeping pill when drinking?

What are the risks of taking a 50mg sleeping pill when drinking?

Potentiation: Of the sleeping pill which can cause respiratory depression. It is common admonition from doctors not to drink with sleeping pills, tranquilizers and pain medications.

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Can I accidentally die from taking a sleeping pill after drinking some wine?

Can I accidentally die from taking a sleeping pill after drinking some wine?

No: You would have to drink a lot of wine and take a lot of sleeping pills.