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Is it possible to have a seizure while intoxicated from alcohol?

Is it possible to have a seizure while intoxicated from alcohol?

Yes: Alcohol can lower seizure threshold for someone with existing seizure disorder, so yes. Withdrawing from alcohol, not alcohol itself, causes seizures. To be in withdrawal, one must first be alcohol dependent, which means one uses alcohol continually and develops a tolerance. One is not prone to seizures until stopping- seizures usually start within 7-48 hours after the last drink.

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Can alcohol intoxication (not withdrawal) cause convulsions and or seizures and lower the seizure threshold?

Can alcohol intoxication (not withdrawal) cause convulsions and or seizures and lower the seizure threshold?

Get this addressed: Agree with dr killian, as risk definitely present. Bigger issue by far is not provocation of convulsions, but rather why are seizures present, and what will be eventual outcome of alcohol abuse. You see, alcoholics do suffer head injuries, with post-traumatic szs. If you or a close relationship is the subject, contact alcoholics anonymous asap.

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Does alcohol intoxication raise or lower the seizure threshold? Since it is a sedative like benzos, would it have anticonvulsant effects?

Does alcohol intoxication raise or lower the seizure threshold? Since it is a sedative like benzos, would it have anticonvulsant effects?

No: Nice try though. May help ETOH withdrawal seizures. If any one has seizures should see a neurologist for treatment and management not imbibe alcohol

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Does alcohol intoxication lower the siezure threshold?

Does alcohol intoxication lower the siezure threshold?

Yes: Yes, alcohol can cause certain types of seizures. If you are prone to seizures (especially if alcohol has triggered your seizures in the past) it would be wise to stay away from alcohol.

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Does alcohol affect seizures?

Does alcohol affect seizures?

Yes: Using alcohol with a history of seizures will and can lower thresholds for seizures to occur and thus increase the likelihood of increasing the incidence of seizures. One should be extremely careful about imbibing in alcohol if one has a seizure history.

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Does alcohol make epileptics more likely to have seizures?

Does alcohol make epileptics more likely to have seizures?

YES: In general, persons with seizure disorders should not drink alcohol. Alcohol lowers the seizure threshold and may also interfere with any seizure medications you may be taking rendering them less effective. If yoiu have a seizure disorder, you should discuss this very carefully with your pcp and/or neurologist before drinking alcohhol. I would just not do it!

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How much alcohol do you have to drink in order to have a seizure?

How much alcohol do you have to drink in order to have a seizure?

A LOT: Generally seizures occur when people who are drinking a lot stop drinking. Rarely, people who have underlying seizure disorders will get a seizure from alcohol, but this is rare. Most people who get alcohol withdrawal seizures have been drinking more than a pint of 80 proof liquor, usually for months, and have already experienced morning shakes, or have started drinking in the morning.

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Is it true that alcoholics get seizures after the body doesn't get its usual dose of alcohol?

Is it true that alcoholics get seizures after the body doesn't get its usual dose of alcohol?

Yes, some do: Depending on how heavily they have been drinking and for how long, seizures are a major symptom of alcohol withdrawal. In studies of people being treated for alcoholism, seizures occur in 3-5% of patients, while DT's are in 2-3%. However, in other series of people admitted for accidents while drinking, the prevalence of seizures can be as high as 25%. After 1st seizure, further ones more common

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How are seizure and alcohol related?

How are seizure and alcohol related?

Many ways!: Alcohol brings down the threshold of nerve cells and make them more likely to fire off (RUM FITS) Sudden withdrawal can cause a seizure and then there are situations when prolonged use is related to cerebral atrophy, certain vitamin deficiencies or vascular events that in turn can cause seizures

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Does alcohol lower the seizure threshold?

Yes: Alcohol may lower seizure threshold. Withdrawal from alcohol after significant drinking may lead to a seizure. Alcohol may interact with anti seizure medications- nducing their elimination, or by causing more side effects. It is best to refrain from drinking alcohol to minimize the chance of having a seizure.

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How does alcohol lower the seizure threshhold?

How does alcohol lower the seizure threshhold?

It depends: If you are taking seizure medication, it will accelerate it metabolism so the medication will dissiate more quickly. Alcoholic withdrawal gives seizures.

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How possible (percentage-wise) am I to have a seizure from this much alcohol every night for over 2 months?

How possible (percentage-wise) am I to have a seizure from this much alcohol every night for over 2 months?

Unclear question: You do not indicate how much alcohol you consume, but your question suggests you may have a huge problem. If you stop drinking suddenly, you could suffer a withdrawal seizure. So, contact your doctor ASAP, consider entering an AA program, and get this addressed now. Do NOT wait, potential for disaster can be very profound.

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Can mixing Xanax (alprazolam) and alcohol had caused my seizure?

Can mixing Xanax (alprazolam) and alcohol had caused my seizure?

Xanax/alcohol: Possible, depending on how much u used, your tolerance & whether u r susceptible (history or family history of seizures).

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Can Abilify (aripiprazole) and alcohol result in having seizures?

Can Abilify (aripiprazole) and alcohol result in having seizures?

Yes and no: Abilify (aripiprazole) can cause seizures (a rare, serious side effect). Alcohol withdrawal can cause seizures. Abilify (aripiprazole) is an antipsychotic. Typically, these two substances should not be taken with alcohol as they can lead to severe nervous system depression. If this is a problem, you should share this with your doctor and devise a plan.

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What can I expect when a person is taken to the hospital when they have a drug/alcohol induced seizure?

What can I expect when a person is taken to the hospital when they have a drug/alcohol induced seizure?

Drug/alcohol related: ...Seizures are more likely to result in death than natural seizures. The brain is more likely to be starved for air even before the seizure starts, and stopped breathing is more common.

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