Halcion and Alcohol

Because combining alcohol and Halcion can increase your risk of serious reactions, it is generally recommended that you avoid alcohol while taking this drug. Some of these serious reactions can include difficulty breathing, memory problems, and even death. To avoid these problems, you should talk to your healthcare provider about your alcohol consumption if you are taking Halcion.

Can I Combine Halcion and Alcohol?

Both Halcion® (triazolam) and alcohol are central nervous system depressants (also known as CNS depressants), which means they can both slow the activity of the brain. Drinking alcohol while you are taking Halcion may increase your risk for serious reactions. Drinking alcohol while on Halcion is not recommended.
You may also be more sensitive to the effects of alcohol if you are taking Halcion. In addition, you may not be able to safely drink as much alcohol as you were used to drinking in the past.

Halcion and Alcohol Side Effects

Drinking alcohol while taking Halcion may increase your risk of certain Halcion side effects, such as:
  • Drowsiness
  • Dizziness
  • Problems with coordination
  • Unusual behavior
  • Memory problems.
It may also slow both the heart rate and breathing, which can cause you to pass out, have difficulty breathing, or even lead to death.

Talking With Your Healthcare Provider About Halcion and Alcohol

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