Doral and Alcohol

People are generally advised to avoid combining Doral and alcohol. Combining the two can increase your chances of developing potentially serious side effects, such as problems with coordination, unusual behavior, memory problems, and dizziness. Since Doral and alcohol are both central nervous system depressants, they can significantly slow down brain activity when taken together. It can also lead to dependence and abuse of either or both substances.

Can I Combine Doral and Alcohol?

Doral® (quazepam) is a benzodiazepine medication used for the treatment of insomnia. Both Doral and alcohol are central nervous system depressants (CNS depressants), which means they slow down the activity of the brain. Drinking alcohol while you are taking Doral may increase your risk of serious reactions and side effects. Therefore, drinking alcohol while on Doral is generally not recommended.
You may also be more sensitive to the effects of alcohol if you are taking Doral. For example, you may not be able to safely drink as much alcohol as you are used to drinking.

Doral and Alcohol Side Effects

Drinking alcohol while taking Doral may increase your risk of certain Doral side effects, such as:
  • Drowsiness
  • Problems with coordination
  • Unusual behavior
  • Memory problems
  • Dizziness.
It may also slow down both the heart rate and breathing, which can cause you to pass out, have difficulty breathing, or even lead to death. In addition, you may be more likely to have a problem with Doral abuse if you have a history of alcohol abuse.

Talking With Your Healthcare Provider About Doral and Alcohol

Although it is not recommended that you drink alcohol while taking Doral, you should not be afraid to discuss your alcohol consumption with your healthcare provider. Together, the two of you can make a shared decision about Doral and alcohol that is right for you. If you do drink, your healthcare provider can also suggest ways to help you stop.
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