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Combining alcohol and Trilafon can increase the chance and severity of several side effects of the drug (such as drowsiness and low blood pressure). Therefore, it is generally recommended that you avoid alcohol while taking it. Another reason to avoid combining alcohol and Trilafon is the fact that alcohol can make mental illnesses (such as schizophrenia) worse.

Can I Drink Alcohol While Taking Trilafon?

According to the Trilafon® (perphenazine) prescribing information, drinking alcohol while taking the drug is not recommended. Combining alcohol and Trilafon can increase the chance and severity of several Trilafon side effects. In addition, healthcare providers usually recommended that people with a mental illness avoid alcohol.

Alcohol and Trilafon Side Effects

Drinking alcohol may increase your risk of certain side effects of Trilafon, such as drowsiness or low blood pressure (when sitting or standing up). You may also be more sensitive to the effects of alcohol if you are taking Trilafon. You may not be able to safely drink as much alcohol as you are used to drinking in the past.
Trilafon is approved to treat schizophrenia. Generally, it is best for people with mental illnesses to avoid drinking alcohol. Alcohol can make mental illnesses worse and is often a form of "self-medication."

Talking With Your Healthcare Provider About Alcohol and Trilafon

Although it is not recommended that you drink alcohol while taking Trilafon, you should not be afraid to discuss your alcohol consumption with your healthcare provider. Together, you and your healthcare provider can make a shared decision about Trilafon and alcohol that is right for you. If you do drink, your healthcare provider can also suggest ways to help you stop drinking.
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