As is the case with any other medication, there’s a possibility of interactions occurring when taking gabapentin with other substances, including but not limited to an increase in respiratory depression and increase somnolence (excessive sleepiness).
Simultaneous use of gabapentin and alcohol can result in the presence, or worsening of, the following side effects:
- Trouble breathing
Note that this list may not be complete, and other side effects may occur.
Is it OK to drink alcohol while taking gabapentin?
Like gabapentin, alcohol depresses the central nervous system (CNS). As a result, these two substances can have a synergistic effect when taken together; in other words, they can amplify these depressive effects.
These effects may include heightened drowsiness, dizziness, slowed breathing and impaired judgment, among others. Those taking gabapentin should therefore speak to their doctor about their alcohol intake while taking this drug.