For some, drinking alcohol is a regular part of life. While alcohol in itself is not bad when used in moderation, even moderate use of it can interact with certain drugs, and this is the case with Xanax. Here is some information on why Xanax and alcohol should not be mixed. Please take this warning seriously.
One of the most dangerous side effects of mixing alcohol and Xanax is that it can cause a paradoxical reaction. This means that if a person takes Xanax for anxiety but then also has an alcoholic beverage, they may experience even more severe anxiety issues than they did before. The result can be a long lasting paralyzing nervousness and requires emergency medical care. Regardless of what you take this medication for, it should not be combined with alcoholic beverages.
Another potential danger of Xanax (alprazolam) and alcohol is that it can increase the effects of alcohol dramatically. Someone who can normally handle one drink may appear completely drunk if they consume alcohol while having Xanax in their system. Extreme drowsiness and dizziness are common reactions to mixing Xanax and alcohol.
Alcohol also increases the likelihood of addiction to Xanax because it intensifies the effects; thus, the body craves a stronger dose to reproduce the effect. This can result in serious effects, both directly from the medication and also withdrawal effects.
One famous pop star who was found dead of an overdose had apparently mixed Xanax with alcohol and then taken a bath. Whether the combination killed her itself, or caused her to pass out and drown in the tub, the lethal combination is still responsible.
Another issue is that some fruity drinks may contain grapefruit juice. This juice has been known to interact with Xanax. Consult with your physician if grapefruit or grapefruit juice is a regular part of your diet and you are taking Xanax. If you are not experiencing a reaction, it may not be necessary to adjust your diet. Don't adjust your diet without talking to your doctor.
By taking your prescription as directed, you can get the most benefits with the fewest side effects. Not mixing Xanax with alcohol is one of the most important directives to follow when it comes to taking this medication safely.