Combining Dalmane and Alcohol
As with other benzos, Dalmane affects GABA receptors in the brain. By improving the effectiveness of the neurotransmitter GABA, Dalmane can have a calming effect. This is because GABA is responsible for calming the overactivity in the brain leading to insomnia as well as conditions like panic disorder and anxiety. Over time, if the brain is continuously exposed to Dalmane, changes can occur. These changes can result in addiction or dependence. Alcohol has many of the same effects on the brain. Alcohol also affects GABA, which is why people may seem drowsy, relaxed or sedated when they drink.
When someone mixes two central nervous depressants, they are more likely to overdose. The amount of alcohol required to overdose is much lower when benzodiazepines are used at the same time. If someone were to overdose on a combination of Dalmane and alcohol, it could cause respiratory depression, or they might stop breathing altogether. There can be serious brain damage as well. People who combine substances like Dalmane and alcohol are more likely to suffer from long-term physical and mental conditions. This can include damage to the organs, neurological problems and the appearance of a psychological condition, like anxiety or depression. There is never a time it would be considered safe to mix a medicine like Dalmane with alcohol. Polysubstance misuse increases the likelihood of dependence or addiction and can have a range of side effects.
A final note with Dalmane is the fact that it has such a long elimination time. What can happen with drugs that take long periods to be eliminated from the system is that someone could combine it with alcohol accidentally. For example, the half-life is around 100 hours for some people who take Dalmane. They could drink alcohol days later, not realizing there was still Dalmane in their system. This could increase their chances of adverse side effects. Dalmane also tends to accumulate in the system, so these are things to be aware of before drinking if you’ve taken Dalmane lately.
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