Also I routinely have 5-8 oz white wine in evening. Is that a problem? I am 73 yrs old, female. I recently was prescribed 10 mg ambien to aid in sleep. I don't always need to take that, only if I haven't fallen asleep in 30 min. Will I need to discontinue the ambien altogether?
As far as whether you need to decrease or discontinue the Ambien while taking the lorazepam is a question only your doctor can answer. The lorazepam mixed with a little alcohol will increase the sedating effects from it. Lorazepam will cause some serious withdrawals when stopped abruptly. Never just stop taking this type med, but rather taper off of it slowly over time.
Unfortunately, lorazepam can be very difficult to withdraw from and may even be life-threatening. Long-term users of higher doses may have seizures when discontinuing. You should never stop lorazepam suddenly, but the dose should be reduced in a slow taper under the direction of your physician.
As for the use of alcohol with Ambien for sleep, from what I've read it is not advised. You could become over medicated as alcohol intensifies the sedative effects. Another risk is that many people will do things in their sleep that they have no memory of upon waking. Sleep walking is dangerous and there have been reported cases of sleep driving which is obviously very dangerous. Hope this info is helpful to you.
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