Doxie; here is what the Interaction finder says about alcohol and Contrave the two different medications can both intensify the strength of alcohol or the medications. But a drink or two taken a few hours away would not kill you. Just be aware of this because both the medications in the drug your going to be taken are strong as it is. here is what the Interactions say.Interactions between your selected drugs
Applies to: Contrave (bupropion / naltrexone), Alcohol (contained in alcoholic beverages) (ethanol)
Using buPROPion with alcohol may increase the risk of uncommon side effects such as seizures, hallucinations, delusions, paranoia, mood and behavioral changes, depression, suicidal thoughts, anxiety, and panic attacks. On the other hand, sudden withdrawal from alcohol following regular or chronic use can also increase your risk of seizures during treatment with buPROPion. If you are prone to frequent or excessive alcohol use, talk to your doctor before starting buPROPion. In general, you should avoid or limit the use of alcohol while being treated with buPROPion. Also avoid activities requiring mental alertness such as driving or operating hazardous machinery until you know how the medication affects you. It is important to tell your doctor about all other medications you use, including vitamins and herbs. Do not stop using any medications without first talking to your doctor. Good luck if you have any more questions feel free to post or ask the Pharmacist or even the doctor about having a drink during the holidays. Chuck1957 Please use caution if you do mix these.
Hi, the Bupropion alone has a half life of 10 hours, so when taken daily there will always be a certain level in your system. I have heard from people that mixing alcohol with this medication can have quite severe side effects, i would like to refer you to the following link: https://www.drugs.com/answers/wellbutrin-drinking-681606.html
Regarding the Naltrexone, this will give you the feeling of intoxificition after only drinking a little and you are more likely to suffer nausea, headache and 'hang over' like feelings the next day.
I wonder how you are planning to stop drinking? Are you seeing a drug & alcohol specialist to arrange a detox? Just quitting drinking can have very serious compliations
- Contrave Information for Consumers
- Contrave Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Contrave (detailed)
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