Alcohol and Restoril

If alcohol and Restoril are combined, it increases the risk of serious reactions and side effects, such as difficulty breathing. It can also make a person more sensitive to the effects of alcohol. Therefore, while combining Restoril and alcohol is not recommended, if you do decide to drink while taking the drug, be sure to discuss this with your healthcare provider.

Can I Combine Alcohol and Restoril?

Both alcohol and Restoril® (temazepam) are central nervous system depressants (CNS depressants), which means they can both slow down the activity of the brain. Drinking alcohol while you are taking Restoril may increase your risk for serious reactions and side effects. Therefore, combining the two is not recommended.
 
You may also be more sensitive to the effects of alcohol if you are taking Restoril. For example, you may not be able to safely drink as much alcohol as you were used to drinking in the past.
 

Alcohol and Restoril Side Effects

Drinking alcohol while taking Restoril may increase your risk of certain Restoril side effects, such as:
 
  • Problems with coordination
  • Unusual behavior
  • Memory problems
  • Drowsiness
  • 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.
 

Talking With Your Healthcare Provider About Alcohol and Restoril

Although it is not recommended that you drink alcohol while taking Restoril, 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 Restoril and alcohol that is right for you. If you do drink, your healthcare provider can suggest ways to help you stop.
 
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