Seizure / Epilepsy Medications and Alcohol
Many medications used to treat seizures (anticonvulsants) can have drug interactions with alcohol. Added central nervous system side effects like drowsiness, dizziness, trouble concentrating, and even an increased risk of seizures can occur.
In general you should avoid drinking alcohol when you are taking seizure medication. Avoid hazardous activities requiring mental alertness and motor coordination, such as driving, until you know how these agents will affect you. Discuss this interaction with your doctor or pharmacist if you have questions about using the combination of alcohol and epilepsy medication.
Certain seizure medications such as clonazepam (Klonopin) and diazepam (Valium) are classified as benzodiazepines and can lead to central nervous system depressant interactions with alcohol. You should avoid alcohol during benzodiazepine therapy, such as Valium and alcohol.
Common Seizure Medications
|Generic Name||Common Brand Names|
|levetiracetam||Keppra, Roweepra, Spritam|
|oxcarbazepine||Trileptal, Oxtellar XR|
|topiramate||Topamax, Qudexy XR, Trokendi XR|
*Note: This is not a complete list; always check with your pharmacist for possible drug-alcohol interactions.
Extended-release pregabalin (Lyrica CR) is approved to treat nerve pain associated with diabetic peripheral neuropathy and postherpetic neuralgia. Lyrica CR did not receive FDA approval for the management of fibromyalgia and its effectiveness in partial onset seizures has not been demonstrated.
Types of Drug Interactions With Alcohol
- Acne Medicines and Alcohol
- ADHD Medications and Alcohol
- Allergies, Cough/Cold Medications and Alcohol
- Antibiotic Medications and Alcohol
- Antidepressant Medications and Alcohol
- Antipsychotic Medications and Alcohol
- Anxiety Medications and Alcohol
- Bipolar Medications and Alcohol
- Birth Control Medications and Alcohol
- Blood Thinners and Alcohol
- Caffeine, Energy Drinks and Alcohol
- Cholesterol Medications and Alcohol
- Diabetes Medications and Alcohol
- Enlarged Prostate (BPH) medications and Alcohol
- Erectile Dysfunction Medications and Alcohol
- Heart Medications and Alcohol
- Herbal Supplements and Alcohol
- Illicit Drugs and Alcohol
- Motion Sickness Medications and Alcohol
- Muscle Relaxants and Alcohol
- Pain / Fever Medications and Alcohol
- Sleep (Insomnia) Medications and Alcohol
- Stomach / Heartburn Medications and Alcohol
- Weight Loss Drugs and Alcohol