I am not a drinker. But found out it helps to shut my mind down at night so I can sleep. I have racing thoughts at night and the Trazodone, 150mg I take was helping with the depression and sleep until I decided to try something else because of sore muscles and a stuffy nose. Zoloft 50mg threw me for a loop. And because I could not afford the seroquel to take me down at night, I went back to the Trazodone. Zoloft is still lingering around one week later. Could it be harmful for me to drink taking this med? I only plan to drink 2 small glasses for sleep until I get the Zoloft out of my system.
The use of alcohol with trazodone will increase the effects of the medication making you more dizzy and drowssy. It is not recommended to drink alcohol while you are on this medication, or any other medication. I fully understand you as I suffer from insomnia.
I am manic depressive (more manic though) and also suffer from ocd , ptsd anxiety and panic attacks. I also had a drug problem for 20 years, I am 42 and have been clean for 9, alcohol was one of the substances I abused the most along with cocaine. Therefore from my experience I can not recommend that you drink, it is not the way to go in this case.
Try to find an alternative solution, plus alcohol is a depressant so in my opinion it will cause more harm than good to you in the short to medium term.- It will make you more depressed.- So you might sleep, but at what cost.
You must move forward, and using alcohol as a sleep aid along with the medication, will only set you back, and your conditions will get worse, been there, and again from my experience it is not a real solution to your problems, it will only add more issues to your life, so if I were you, I would most certainly stay away from alcohol.
Interactions between your selected drugs
trazodone ↔ ethanol
Applies to: trazodone, Alcohol (contained in alcoholic beverages) (ethanol)
GENERALLY AVOID: Alcohol may potentiate some of the pharmacologic effects of CNS-active agents. Use in combination may result in additive central nervous system depression and impairment of judgment, thinking, and psychomotor skills.
MANAGEMENT: Patients receiving CNS-active agents should be warned of this interaction and advised to avoid or limit consumption of alcohol. Ambulatory patients should be counseled to avoid hazardous activities requiring complete mental alertness and motor coordination until they know how these agents affect them, and to notify their physician if they experience excessive or prolonged CNS effects that interfere with their normal activities.
All the best and take care.-
It is my belief that alcohol interferes with sleep. I drank for about a year and when I first started it was a few glasses of wine about evening time and I noticed that I would sleep for a few hours but then be wide awake- I think it is the deep sleep portion of the brain gets affected and the REM sleep is disturbed. I don't think alcohol is good for getting or staying asleep unless you wake up and drink every 4 hours which is not advised but I know because I did it for awhile so that is called alcoholism --- but it does not work for real good normal sleep!! Good Luck
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