Diphenhydramine And Alcohol
Ingestion of alcohol and diphenhydramine can lead to a dangerous combination. This is especially true if you have liver disease or any other medical condition that can affect blood flow to the liver or kidneys. A person with a history of alcoholism will also be at greater risk for a negative reaction to both substances. If you believe you have either of these conditions, it is important to speak with your doctor to determine the best course of treatment.
When mixing diphenhydramine and alcohol, dizziness and confusion may occur. Dizziness and lightheadedness may accompany severe fatigue and cause it difficult to operate during the day. Some people report that a combination of the two causes them to pass out, although this is uncommon.
Another possible side effect is unconsciousness. Although most people are aware of the negative side effects of alcohol, many do not realize that a combination of the two drugs can also result in this condition. Certain drugs, particularly those with a benzodiazepine like properties, can cause unconsciousness when they are abused. These include drugs like alprazolam, diazepam, lorazepam, and equine. Other benzodiazepines, such as alprazolam, lorazepam, and equine, have sedative effects and can therefore also lead to confusion and unconsciousness.
Along with confusion and unconsciousness, some other more serious side effects can occur if you take diphenhydramine and alcohol together. Some people have reported feeling disorientated and unable to recognize or control their own actions. This can be extremely dangerous, especially if it occurs while driving or operating machinery. Another serious side effect of the combination of these two drugs is depression. If you feel depressed after taking diphenhydramine, you may be particularly at risk for depression after taking alcohol as well. This is because the depressant properties of the Benzodiazepines can often lead to feelings of depression.
Along with the aforementioned side effects, another very serious problem that can arise from taking diphenhydramine and alcohol is kidney failure. The excessive slowing of the heart rate and blood pressure can cause permanent damage to the kidneys, which can ultimately lead to death. Extremely slow heart rates combined with drastic slowing of blood flow can lead to fainting, dehydration, and even cardiac arrest. As you can see, these drugs can literally play havoc with your body if you take them when combined with alcohol.
While these frightening side effects of taking diphenhydramine and alcohol are far more common in prescription drugs, they are not the only danger involved. The fact is, taking these anti-depressants can have a number of other dangerous interactions with your body. These other interactions can range from the minor (such as combining them with other medications) to the extreme (including potentially killing you). Because of this, you need to speak with your doctor before taking any anti-depressant, no matter how much you love alcohol. Your doctor will be able to help you better assess the risks involved with the combination of your health and your current medication.