Valium and Alcohol
March 20, 2014 8:51 AM Subscribe
I took one 5 mg of valium, once, to help me fall asleep. After a full 24 hours, I drank excessively the next night. How bad is this?
posted by Sine_Agraphia to Health & Fitness (11 answers total)
I called the pharmacist and asked the same question. They relayed some general info that I had already found on the internet, seemed unwilling to go in detail about any of it, and then recommended I contact the doctor who gave me the prescription. But, that doctor isn't in the office today and won't be returning until next week.
As far as the nature of the prescription, I was given a small amount of 5 mg tablets to take as needed to help me fall asleep, due to excessively noisy upstairs neighbors. I didn't want ambien or lunesta due to some negative effects that I've suffered from them in the past. I'll be moving in 4 days, so I don't expect to be needing the valium for very much longer.
Neither my doctor nor my pharmacist explained to me the nature of diazepam's extremely long half-life, and that it will continue to produce effects in the body long after it "feels" like it's worn off.
Well, obviously I'm still here to tell the tale, so I didn't die in my sleep. But I'm wondering about my liver, and whatever other potential harm I might have caused to my body. Like, for instance, if I might have deprived my brain of enough oxygen to cause any damage. And, if it's at all possible to say, what would be the minimum amount of days (weeks? months?) that I should abstain from drinking, until the valium is completely out of my system?
I am also wondering whether I should avoid caffeine (or anything else, in particular?), and if so, for how long after the last tablet I've taken.