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Anti-depressants and Alcohol consumption - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   I have taken 2mg of Diazipam for stress at 2.30pm I am supposed to be going out drinking alchol tonight at about 8.30pm is this safe?
Doctor :   hello
User :   its for anxiety sorry not stress
User :   hi
Doctor :   may i know your age and gender please
User :   im 32 male
Doctor :   ok and since how long you been on diazepam
User :   i have been given it as an as and when needed yesterday a took a a dose in the morning and one in the afternoon but before this not for a long time
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   now let me tell you how diazepam works and what alcohol can do
Doctor :   like you told me you are taking it for anxiety right ?
User :   yes
Doctor :   now you see diazepam basically suppresses the brain
Doctor :   and alcohol on that ADDS this property
Doctor :   you you feel very drowsy and it will just depress your brain more
Doctor :   thats the side effect of it
User :   ok but how long will it take before i can have a drink again? it is christmas and everyone is going out and i feel depressed
Doctor :   thats why is not recommended to mix both
User :   as i cant go out :(
User :   hello?
Doctor :   yes i am here
User :   sorry
Doctor :   now since you are taking it as you need it
Doctor :   i will suggest that you should give it a break of 48 hours
Doctor :   before and after you have your drink
User :   ok can i ask a simple question if i went out and just had 3 pints of light beer would this kill me?
User :   or just make me a more depressed
Doctor :   no it wont kill you
User :   i dont want to stop breathing etc as most of my anxietys are about health
Doctor :   i can understand
Doctor :   and you have already taken the dose today ?
User :   yes at 2.30 i totally forgot
User :   it was 2mg
User :   with food
User :   to be honest it hasnt made much difference!
Doctor :   well i will be very honest with you and ADVICE YOU NOT TO DRINK TODAY
User :   it would just be nice to catch up with freinds etc
User :   ok
User :   sorry
User :   so it could kill me then!
User :   sorry
Doctor :   it can cause serious complications
User :   ok thanks
Doctor :   give it 48 hours
Doctor :   your health is the MOST important thing
User :   ok
Doctor :   if you were taking it regular i would have said A COMPLETE NO
User :   but im not :(
User :   im just low that i cant go and enjoy myself
User :   sorry
Doctor :   yes thats why i said you should wait 48 hours
Doctor :   dont worry stay positive
User :   ok
User :   thanks
Doctor :   your most welcome
Doctor :   and take care of yourself
Doctor :   and trust me you dont always need a drink to enjoy ..
User :   i cant stop these thoughts in my head tho
User :   my brain is focusing on them like on purpose
Doctor :   what thoughts are you having ?
User :   all sorts
User :   that bad things will happen
Doctor :   well nothing will happen
Doctor :   try to distract your mind from negative thoughts
User :   thats why i wanted to go out :(
User :   never mind
User :   thankyou
Doctor :   your welcome
Doctor :   happy holidays
User :   thanks
Doctor :   good bye
User :   bye
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