Posted by: Carol | 2010-08-13


Hi. I have been using Flunitrazepam. I noticed on your website on various others that it is recommended that one does not use Flunitrazepam with alcohol as this can be fatal. However, I have found from personal experience that if I drink alcohol like maybe wine during the day, and then take one tablet just before bedtime, I cannot fall asleep! It''s almost as if the Flunitrazepam tablet reverses the effects of alcohol. Isn''t the alcohol supposed to make me sleepy, and once I take the tablet I should fall asleep quite easily? With me I either can drink some wine and NOT take the tablet, since I won''t be able to sleep then, even with the Flunitrazepam tablet. Why is this?

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It is possible that the interaction between your sleeping tablets and alcolhol is not what you will usually expect but more a diabolical reaction to each other. If you do suffer from insomnia, it will be best to ask your doctor for a more spesific sleeping tablet, like Stillnox.

You should try not to be dependent on medication to fall asleep.


Dr Anrich Burger

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Posted by: Carol | 2010-08-16

Thanks for your response. I am already dependant on the Flunitrazepam, have been taking it for about 18 years already. I have tried going off it before but got so sick from the withdrawal symptoms. My doctor doesn''t mind prescribing it for me since I have been using it for so many years and I don''t abuse the tablets. I never take them to sleep during the day, only at night. I have tried Stilnox before and it doesn''t have the same effect as Flunitrazepam. Have even tried Rivatril, first one tablet at night and eventually two, but then I only get about 3 hours sleep at the most.

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