Alcohol is a beverage made by fermenting fruits, vegetables or grains with either yeast or bacteria.
Typical types of alcohol are beer, wine and liquor. After ingestion, alcohol enters the blood stream affecting the body’s central nervous system. Alcohol is considered to be a sedative and depressant due to its effects on a person’s perceptions, vision, emotions and motor skills.
Intoxication and dehydration are the short term effects of consuming alcoholic beverages. The long term effects of continuous alcohol use can be significant liver and brain damage along with a state of addiction to alcohol, known as alcoholism.
Signs of alcohol use can be flushed skin, slurred speech, difficulty walking, blurred vision and slower than normal reaction time. The absorption rate of alcohol is dependent on numerous factors including, strength of the alcoholic beverage, body weight , percentage of body fat, hormone levels, rate of consumption, food digestion, medications and tolerance of the individual.
Klonopin is a prescription medication and classified as a benzodiazepine. Klonopin decreases the abnormal electrical activity in the brain and is most often prescribed for the treatment of anxiety, seizure disorders, insomnia, panic attacks and alcohol withdrawal.
Common side effects with Klonopin can be fatigue, dizziness, sedation, depression, impaired coordination and lack of ability to focus.
Klonopin can have a potential for addiction and may produce emotional and or physical dependence. Due to such, Kolonopin should not be abruptly stopped as dangerous withdrawal symptoms can occur such as seizures, hallucinations and severe mood changes. Kolonopin should be used only under a physician’s guidance and according to their prescription.
Both Klonopin and alcohol are Central Nervous System depressants and thereby exhibit a sedating effect on a person’s mental and physical functioning. When taken together, the two substances magnify the sedation a person experiences and can result in significant impairment to the central nervous system. Each substance compounds the resulting physical and mental effects because both Klonopin and alcohol inhibit activity in the same brain receptors that control breathing and heart rate. When the combined effects on the brain are too great this toxic interaction can lead to depressed respiration, extreme drowsiness, memory loss, decreased coordination and sometimes even coma or death. In addition, combining alcohol and Klonopin can lead to impairment of coordination and concentration that can severely diminish a person’s ability to operate a motor vehicle or machinery.
Accidental overdoses with Klonopin and alcohol are common as impaired and reduced judgement along with diminished memory can lead a person to unintentionally exceed their daily dosage of Klonopin while drinking alcohol. In order to avoid this a person should be honest with their physician regarding their alcohol use and be aware of possible adverse drug interactions and the potentially life threatening side effects of mixing alcohol with prescription medications.