Many who suffer from social anxiety or panic attacks can maintain a normal life thanks to Ativan. There is one thing, however, that needs to be addressed. Some have wonder if Ativan and alcohol can ever mix. The answer is no. Unfortunately, mixing lorazepam and alcohol can cause an extreme reaction and in some cases even prove fatal. Here is some more information about why you should never drink alcohol if you are on Ativan (lorazepam).
The danger exists because some intentionally drink alcohol while on Ativan to increase the effects. They may find that as a general rule their anxiety fades faster, and they drift peaceful to sleep after just one to two drinks. Here is the danger. Rather than simply drifting to sleep, the person may actually continue to have their breathing slow until it stops completely. If no one notices what has happened, the individual can easily slip into a coma or even die.
Ativan can cause breathing problems, confusion, and a slowed heart rate, especially if taken in too high of a dose. If you mix alcohol with Ativan, these effects are immediately increased. Some have gone on Internet forums to discus alcohol use. The problem is that one person may be able to take 1.5 mg of Ativan, have 2 drinks, and just drift off to sleep; but another person whose body deals with the drug differently may suffer serious consequences. The mix may even prove fatal. Thus, it is better not experiment with Ativan and alcohol, and not to take advice from anyone who does.
If you know someone who takes Ativan has been drinking and they are beginning to slur their speech, lose their memory, or develop physical symptoms like bluing around the lips, a weak pulse, or slowed breathing; call for medical assistance immediately. The EMS will be in a better position to treat the overdose victim on the way to the hospital than you would be if they become unconscious while you are driving them. Never allow someone to try and sleep a mix of Ativan and alcohol off because they simply may not wake up.
The best advice is to follow your doctor's instructions for taking Ativan. Directions should be printed on the label. You can also talk to your pharmacist when you pick up the medication if you have additional questions. If you know someone who has a habit of mixing Ativan and alcohol, encourage them to get help before it is too late.