I felt like I had a couple of drinks when I started taking .5mg, even though I only took it occasionally. That dose quickly lost its effectiveness in treating anxiety and insomnia, so it was increased to 1mg at a time (which I have done 5 or 6 times). At first, I just had the most delicious feeling of relaxation (again. like alcohol) and a bit giddy. Please note that I have a 30-day Rx of 90 tabs that I received in June... I still have 41 tablets left in mid-Sept. Last night I took that 1mg dose & I became violently ill within 30 minutes (it can take up to 2hours for this med to work on me). It was like I had alcohol poisoning--- falling, stumbling, blurred vision, incredible nausea, crying, fear--- you get the idea. And yes, I did end up speeding up the expulsion process by making myself throw up--- so close anyway that it took very little effort. Hence, my question! OH! I have Mixed BiPolar Disorder with Major Depressive Disorder and anxiety. I take Aplenzin 342mg and Lamictal 100mg, both daily... if that matters.
Does clonazepam work on the same brain receptors and chemicals as alcohol?
- 14 Sep 2010 by tjt1967
- anxiety, insomnia, generalized anxiety disorder, clonazepam, alcohol
Added 16 Sep 2010:
Hey everyone! it turns out that i had not taken clonazepam on an empty stomach before---never really noticed, but my husband asked me about it when i told him what happened! so.... i will be much more careful. Most meds and I get along well.....no food required. There are some rare side effects to Clonazepam, but I think I just need to not have an empty stomach, esp 12 hrs before my menses! Good health to all!
14 Sep 2010
Clonazepam and alcohol both affect the site of the GABAA receptor and is the binding site for GABA. This is true with not only for alcohol and clonazepam (Klonopin), but several other drugs as well such as all of the benzodiazepines, barbiturates, neuroactive steroids, inhaled anesthetics, among others. The benzos create relaxation, drowsiness, and cognitive impairment. Benzos however do not induce vomiting like alcohol, instead, they will simply put you to sleep, thus the reason why they are often used for insomnia as well. The feeling of to many tranquilizers would be far from anything similar to too much alcohol (no spinning room, no nausea). An overdose of benzos would result in sleep, and worst case senario, a coma (but you'd need a whole lot more than 1mg), usually would also have to be potentiated by something else, as they're very difficult to od on by themselves. Even when looking up the rare side effects for Clonazepam, nothing of the sort is included.
I haven't looked up all of the interactions of the medications that you've listed as it looks a bit complicated, and they are a range of medications that I don't have any experience with. You might want to talk to your doctor to make sure that everything is alright with the current combo of medications.
Hope that you are able to get threw this - and best of luck!!
- Clonazepam Information for Consumers
- Clonazepam Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Clonazepam (detailed)
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