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Clonazepam, Alcohol, Sleep Apnea, Overweight, Death?

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Lizlove87 Says:
 
My mother is 51 years old
Well over 100 pounds over weight
She takes about 2mg a day of Clonazepam for her anxiety and panic attacks.. she has a high stress job
She also is a heavy drinker: drinks 2 bottles of white wine every night
She snores very loud and heavy, makes random gargle and choking noises, and stops breathing for 10 seconds or more

How high risk of death is this?

I read taking Clonazepam and have sleep apnea untreated can cause her to stop breathing completely because less h20 gets to her brain.
I also read that alcohol and Clonazepam mixed together when sleeping can cause her to stop breathing because they work on the same brain receptor (GABA) which again, causes less h20 to her brain.

Thanks for your help.. I really need it for her...

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Verwon Says:
 
O2 is actually what you want to get to the brain, that's the chemical formula for Oxygen, I don't think you'd want H2O to get there, since that's the formula for water. LOL :-)

Is her doctor aware of the sleep apnea? And her alcohol intake?

It does put her at risk, but if her doctor knows about it, then it should be something that they take into account when prescribing her any medication.

That is really the important issue here, whether or not her doctor knows everything.

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