Can You Drink Alcohol While on Seroquel (Quetiapine)?
If you’re taking any medication, prescription or otherwise, it’s important to know about potential interactions and side effects. For example, many medications including prescription and over-the-counter, don’t go well with alcohol or can even lead to severe side effects.
What about alcohol and Seroquel ? Can you drink alcohol while on Seroquel (quetiapine)? This is a question people have, and below is an overview of what Seroquel is, and what its potential relationship is with alcohol.
Seroquel can be helpful in reducing hallucinations people may have, and in boosting their level of focus. It can also help people have a better overall outlook, feel less nervous, and be more participatory in their everyday life.
In some people, Seroquel can also improve appetite, energy levels, mood and sleep, and it can prevent dramatic mood swings.
There can be side effects associated with the use of Seroquel such as constipation, drowsiness, weight gain, blurry vision or dry mouth. People are advised when they first start taking Seroquel to be aware of the risk of dizziness and lightheadedness because it can make them more likely to experience a fall, particularly when they get up from a sitting or lying position.
People are advised to contact their physician if they experience certain side effects such as tremors, restlessness, signs of infection or mood or mental changes. In some cases, Seroquel can make users’ blood sugar rise, which can be particularly detrimental in people who have diabetes.
So, what should you know about alcohol and Seroquel? Can you drink alcohol while on Seroquel (quetiapine)?
First of all, the conditions this medicine is used to treat include bipolar and schizophrenia. Most doctors advise patients with either of these conditions to completely avoid alcohol. Frequently people with mood and mental health disorders may turn to alcohol as a way to self-medicate, and that can make symptoms worse, or can lead to dependence or addiction. Alcohol acts on the central nervous system as a depressant, so taking it can make the original symptoms of a mental health disorder worse.
Along with the fact that people with bipolar and schizophrenia should be cautious about alcohol use in general, when alcohol and Seroquel are combined it can cause more severe symptoms. For example, common symptoms of Seroquel such as dizziness and low blood pressure can become worse when it’s combined with alcohol. Motor skills can become very impaired, as can thinking and other necessary functions when alcohol and Seroquel are combined, and people’s tolerance for alcohol may be lower when they’re on this drug as well.
When alcohol and Seroquel are mixed there is a risk of slowed respiration, respiration failure and death too.
If you drink and you’re prescribed Seroquel, the alcohol may impair your judgment to the point where you miss a dose of your medicine, and that can be extremely risky as well.
You should always speak with your doctor about the interactions possible with alcohol and Seroquel, but more than likely your doctor will tell you to avoid alcohol completely on this medicine.
If your doctor does approve any level of drinking alcohol on Seroquel, they might say moderate drinking is okay, but that recommendation is unlikely to be made.
Mixing alcohol and Seroquel can first and foremost be bad for the underlying condition you’re using the medicine to treat. Most doctors advise patients with bipolar disorder and schizophrenia to avoid alcohol. It can lead to worsening symptoms, and it can become a crutch to self-medicate.
In addition to that, when alcohol and Seroquel are mixed it can create serious central nervous system side effects. For example, some of the side effects of mixing alcohol and Seroquel can include dizziness, drowsiness, an extreme lack of coordination, and impaired thinking and judgment. The symptoms of alcohol and Seroquel can become so severe that you can suffer from slowed breathing, respiratory depression or death. You should never mix alcohol and Seroquel, particularly without speaking to your physician.
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