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What Happens When You Mix Klonopin And Alcohol

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Individuals who struggle with Klonopin use often mix it with other substances, such as alcohol. Combining these two substances can be very dangerous because Klonopin and alcohol are both central nervous system depressants, which cause a decrease in breathing and heart rates. 

When someone mixes Klonopin with alcohol, their breathing rate can become so suppressed that they stop breathing. This is often the result of an overdose from one or both substances. 

Klonopin, Alcohol, And The Central Nervous System

Klonopin is a part of the benzodiazepine drug class, which are some of the most frequently prescribed depressants in the U.S. today. 

Medications like Klonopin interact with a neurotransmitter in the brain called gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA). GABA effects motor functions and helps to slow brain activity, which provides relief from anxiety and seizures. 

Alcohol acts similarly, causing individuals to lose motor function and the ability to think clearly. Exactly how alcohol affects the brain, and the likelihood of reversing the impact of heavy drinking are topics still being researched.  

Signs Someone Maybe Mixing Klonopin And Alcohol

Mixing Klonopin and alcohol can cause a wide range of side effects, including: 

  • drowsiness
  • dizziness
  • increased risk for overdose
  • slowed or difficult breathing 
  • impaired motor control 
  • unusual behavior 
  • memory problems 

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Can Klonopin Be Used In Alcohol Addiction Treatment?

In some cases, Klonopin is prescribed to individuals who are undergoing alcohol detox and addiction treatment to help ease uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms. 

Under the supervision of a trained medical professional, this treatment is typically very safe and effective. However, taking Klonopin to ease alcohol withdrawal symptoms at home is not advised, as it can be difficult to determine the proper amount to take without medical guidance. 

Finding Treatment For Klonopin And Alcohol Use And Addiction

Individuals who mix Klonopin and alcohol are likely struggling with polydrug use or addiction. This condition can make quitting these substances on your own more challenging. 

The added assistance of a formal treatment program can ensure a successful and long-term recovery from both substances. 

To learn more about what happens when you mix Klonopin and alcohol, and how to find addiction treatment, contact today. 


U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)—KLONOPIN TABLETS (clonazepam) 


National Insitute in Alcohol Use and Alcoholism—Mixing Alcohol With Medicines