Can I Drink Alcohol While Taking Loxitane?
Drinking alcohol while on Loxitane®
) is not recommended for several reasons. For example, drinking alcohol while taking the drug can increase the chance of several Loxitane side effects
, or may make such side effects worse. In addition, it is usually recommended that people with mental illnesses avoid alcohol if possible.
Alcohol and Loxitane Side Effects
Combining alcohol with Loxitane may increase your risk of certain side effects, such as drowsiness or low blood pressure
(hypotension). You may also be more sensitive to the effects of alcohol if you are taking Loxitane. You may not be able to safely drink as much alcohol as you have been used to drinking in the past.
Loxitane is approved to treat schizophrenia
. Generally, it is best for people with mental illnesses to avoid drinking alcohol. It may make the mental illness worse, and is often a form of "self-medication."
Talking With Your Healthcare Provider About Alcohol and Loxitane
Although it is not recommended that you drink alcohol while taking Loxitane, you should not be afraid to discuss your alcohol consumption with your healthcare provider. Together, the two of you can make a shared decision about Loxitane and alcohol that is right for you. If you do drink, your healthcare provider can also suggest ways to help you stop.