Is it ok if I just take my morning dose then wait to drink later that night? Or is that bad to skip my other 2 doses? I barley ever go out and drink just once and a while with friends. Just would like to no what's safe for future decisions.. i'm very new to this medicine and don't want to put myself in danger, but would still like to enjoy nights out sometimes. I'm also on phentermine how could that effecthe everything or would it?
It's awesome to see you being so responsible to investigate this issue, because no joke people really do in fact die all the time accidentally because of respiratory distress. Generally, my understanding about Xanax is that it should be fairly cleared out of your system at about the 18 hour mark.
While you might be able to work around the Xanax, a bigger concern might be taking phentermine and drinking alcohol, because of the risk of side effects to your heart and CNS. You can have blood pressure changes and increased heart rate and chest pain, and problems with your central nervous system, such as dizziness, drowsiness, difficulty concentrating and interacting in conversations (and which could obviously impair your driving) feeling jittery, on edge, and feeling enhanced anger and depression.
I pulled this from phentermine.com:
How Alcohol Effects Weight Loss
The bottom line is, alcohol and weight loss really don’t mix. There are several ways in which alcohol negatively effects the chance of success on your weight loss journey. Firstly, alcohol contains many empty calories, meaning it is high in sugars which get converted to fat without providing the body with any nutrition. Secondly, alcohol decreases testosterone levels and causes fluid loss and tiredness, meaning exercise is more difficult and less effective. As a depressant it also suppresses the functions of the liver for as long as three days following the consumption of alcohol, meaning it limits your body’s ability to burn fat and build muscle by stopping the liver from processing food into energy. Lastly, alcohol leads to poor food choices as it activates hunger messages in the brain, leading to cravings for unhealthy foods high in saturated fat and salt.
The Interaction between Alcohol and Phentermine
For those taking phentermine to lose weight, as well as the effects of alcohol on weight loss, there is the additional reaction between phentermine and alcohol to consider, which comes with risks to health and potentially dangerous side effects. The problem with combining alcohol and phentermine arises from the fact that phentermine is a stimulant while alcohol is a depressant. Phentermine works as a weight loss medication because it directly affects the central nervous system by suppressing the parts of the brain responsible for appetite control, while other functions are stimulated to enhance energy and tolerance to intensive exercise. By contrast, alcohol suppresses the main functions of the central nervous system. The mechanisms of phentermine and alcohol are different, so simultaneous consumption of these can result in a negative drug interaction.
Alcohol also makes phentermine less effective. Alcohol activates hunger and greatly limits the effectiveness of the phentermine by reducing the appetite suppressing effects that phentermine has on the brain, while also decreasing the energy boost that phentermine supplies. Alcohol also effects the pH balance of the body, making it more acidic; phentermine has been shown to last longer in the body by as much as twice as long when the pH balance is more alkaline, which can be achieved by eating lots of fresh fruit and vegetables, while refraining from unhealthy acidifying foods and drinks like ice cream, butter, coffee and alcohol.
Advice on Alcohol and Phentermine
The most advisable approach would be to refrain from drinking alcohol while taking phentermine, or at least to limit the amount of alcohol you consume. Your doctor will explain to you what you should and shouldn’t do while taking phentermine, including your recommended maximum intake of alcohol. To ensure that you are more aware of how alcohol affects your body when you begin taking phentermine, you should aim to drink slower and to alternate alcoholic drinks with glasses of water to keep yourself hydrated and to give the alcohol time to enter your body so you can monitor how you feel. If you begin to feel unwell or experience symptoms such as those mentioned above, you should stop drinking alcohol immediately.
While it is true that some people experience no adverse side effects from mixing alcohol and phentermine, it is something that everyone should approach with caution, as when taking individual differences into account, this kind of drug interaction can be very dangerous for some people. Much of the success you will gain from your weight loss journey is related to knowing your body and acting in a way that you know is right for your health and well being. This means avoiding or at least limiting your alcohol intake so as not to experience these negative side effects when mixing alcohol with phentermine, as well as in order to enjoy a healthier lifestyle in the long term.
- Xanax Information for Consumers
- Xanax Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Xanax (detailed)
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