Can you mix Kalms and Alcohol? (A guide to kalms)

In this brief guide, we will discuss if you can mix Kalms and alcohol, as well as look at other details about kalms tablets like Kalms side effects, Kalms day and Kalms Night reviews as well as questions like Are Kalms Addictive?

Kalms and Alcohol

Kalms and alcohol should not be mixed, and the leaflet for all the kalms products state clearly that alcohol can increase the sedative tendencies or qualities of kalms, which is why one must not mix these two.

Kalms and alcohol are not a great combination because both of them fall in the category of nervous system depressants, that is, both of them serve to calm or soothe the nervous system in some way, which means that if they are taken together, they can cause suppressing or sedate the functions of the nervous system more than what would be healthy.

Another good reason to not mix kalms and alcohol is that both of them have the capacity to affect the heart, alcohol can often alter the heart rhythms and valerian, a key component of kalms, has been linked with the slowing of heart rhythm for ages, which means that when taken together, these two can significant change how your heart works.

If someone has an underlying condition they are not aware of, it can become even more dangerous to mix kalms and alcohol, because the person has no idea of what it might do to their pre-existing condition.

It is always advisable to read the leaflet of a medicine before mixing it with other medication or with other substances that have the capacity to change how the body works, and since the kalms leaflet says clearly to not mix kalms and alcohol, it would be a good idea to avoid the combination.

Are Kalms Addictive?

No, kalms are not addictive, and the reason might be that they are herbal supplements which have very mild effects on the symptoms they are meant to treat, and for any substance to be addictive, it needs to affect the pleasure centers of the brain which kalms don’t.

The low chances of kalms being addictive do not mean that kalms should be taken without supervision or without limits, as there is still a limit of about 4 weeks for taking it, and any extension must be done with a prior discussion with the doctor.

It may also help to remember that facts about kalms not being addictive are based on observation and user reviews alone because there isn’t much research on the possible addiction risks of valerian root preparations like kalms tablets, therefore it is not known exactly how addictive or harmful these tablets can be.

Kalms are popularly used for anxiety and anxiety like symptoms, and they are considered to be quite useful in most people, as they do bring some relief from the milder symptoms.

In some cases they may cause side effects, but these are mostly rare and even when they do happen they tend to be quite tolerable and manageable.

Despite this it is always better to take kalms with some supervision or advice from a physician or pharmacist,  and it should most certainly not be mixed with alcohol, other substances, or other drugs, and if there are any other drugs in your regimen you need to make the prescriber aware of them.

Lastly, there has been some research that indicates that kalms tablets may sometimes decrease in effectiveness when taken for a long period of time, like if you took aspirin every day, so even though it may not be addictive, it can over time start affecting the body in an adverse way, and also tends to lose its potency as the body gets used to it.

Kalms and High Blood Pressure

While there is not much evidence about how kalms tablets and high blood pressure might be related, most people seem to suggest that kalms tablets can help with some cases of high blood pressure.

Kalms tablets are often said to be of help with milder symptoms of anxiety and depression, or stress, and this makes most people believe that they may also often help with high blood pressure, because of the relationship between high blood pressure and anxiety symptoms, as has been seen in how often somatic symptoms of anxiety can look like hypertension.

Kalms tablets have also been seen to alleviate some of the more stressful symptoms of anxiety and depression, like irritability or stress, and this is because the primary component of kalms is valerian root, which has been seen as a good remedy for high blood pressure.

However, no matter how many people use it or recommend it, it is important to remember that Valerian root has not been proven as being a remedy of any sort for any disorder, including hypertension or high blood pressure, and some preparations with valerian root do not have FDA approval, but it has helped some people to feel better.

There are also many professionals who recommend valerian root preparations like kalms tablets, like Dr. Sarah Brewer, a nutritionist, who says:

“Valerian is one of the most effective natural remedies for high blood pressure, where this is linked with anxiety and stress. The roots of Valerian officinalis have been used as a sedative since medieval times to calm anxiety, reduce muscle tension, and improve sleep quality. Valerian is recognized as one of the most calming herbs available.”

Kalms Side Effects

Given below is a list of some Kalms side effects:

Serious side effects, indicative of Liver problems:

  • Nausea
  • upper stomach pain
  • itching, lethargy 
  • loss of appetite
  • dark urine
  • clay-colored stools
  • yellowing of the skin or eyes

Less serious and more common side effects:

  • Excessive drowsiness even in the daytime
  • Unusual dreams
  • Cognitive problems (Thinking, memory, etc)
  • Dry mouth
  • Feeling excited or uneasy
  • Headache
  • An upset or rumbling stomach

Kalms Night

Kalms Night is a preparation of valerian root and it belongs to the kalms range of herbal supplements that are designed to promote sleep or combat some symptoms of stress and anxiety like nervousness or tension.

Kalms night is specifically meant to promote sleep, and it is usually taken about 1-2 hours before bedtime.

The leaflet of kalms night provides the following information about how to take kalms night:

“Do not take Kalms Night if you: 

Are allergic to any of the ingredients

Taking other medicines

Please tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking or have recently taken any other medicines, including medicines that make you drowsy medicines obtained without a prescription. 

Taking Kalms Night with food and drink alcohol may increase the sedative effect of

Kalms Night. Therefore, excessive alcohol consumption should be avoided whilst you are taking Kalms Night. 

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Kalms Night is not recommended for use during

pregnancy or when breast-feeding. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before taking any medicine. 

Driving and using machines: Kalms Night is designed to make you feel sleepy. This

could affect your ability to drive or operate machinery.”

Kalms Day Reviews

Given below are some of the most comprehensive kalms day reviews:

“They do what they say they do. They seem to be a suitable replacement for the ‘Quiet Life’ tablets.”

“I take 2 of these when I feel any anxiety or annoyance at the people around me creeping in and it takes the edge off. Take another 2 later in the day when they start to fade and the people become annoying again. I swear by them .”

“First night I tried them I had extremely vivid dreams that weren’t unpleasant, just a bit weird. The second night I took them I had hallucinations throughout the night and I can’t tell if I fell asleep and kept waking up or I finally fell asleep an hour or two before I was due to wake up. After a crazy night I had a look into valerian root and it does have bad side effects in some people including worse sleep and hallucinations. Take with caution and try them out on nights you don’t have to get up early or have plans the next day just in case you have a bad night. I won’t take them again as my two times Taking them were too intense for my liking but it may work differently for you/others just take with a little caution they may work great for you but they may not.”

“Great product. Helps me relax and sleep without the grogginess of other products.”

“I highly recommend them. It makes me calm and restful.”

Conclusion

In this brief guide, we discussed if you can mix Kalms and alcohol, as well as looked at other details about kalms tablets like Kalms side effects, Kalms day and Kalms Night reviews as well as questions like Are Kalms Addictive?

Kalms and alcohol can be just as dangerous in some cases as alcohol and any other chemically based drugs like anti-anxiolytics or antidepressants.

Mixing alcohol with any sort of drugs is not ideal, because alcohol affects the central nervous system just as much as other drugs, which means that an interaction between the two can be detrimental to your health.

If you have any questions about kalms and alcohol, please feel free to reach out to us at any time.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Kalms and Alcohol

Can you drink alcohol while taking valerian root?

No, you should not mix alcohol while taking valerian root, because alcohol can increase the nervous system side effects of valerian, like dizziness, drowsiness, and difficulty concentrating. Taking alcohol while taking valerian root has also impairment in thinking and judgment. 

Can kalms help with anxiety?

Yes, in some cases Kalms can help with anxiety symptoms like stress or excessive worrying or feeling nervous, and because it is a sleep aid, Kalms can also help with quelling anxiety just enough to help people sleep as well.

It has been seen in small studies that kalms can in fact provide relief for anxious people because natural ingredients have been used for years as remedies for stress and anxiety, possibly because they affect the heart rhythm of the person.

What are the side effects of kalms?

Some side effects of kalms include nausea, and stomach cramps and gastrointestinal discomfort of other types, as well as drowsiness the next day.

How long can you take kalms for?

You can take kalms for about 4 weeks to see if your symptoms improve at all, after which you should talk to your doctor about whether you should continue to take this medication or switch to something else that might help better or something that is stronger than a herbal supplement.

Citations

https://www.hpra.ie/img/uploaded/swedocuments/6445773a-c6da-475d-969d-b67123d28d02.pdf

https://www.chemist-4-u.com/kalms-tablets-84-tablets

https://forums.digitalspy.com/discussion/474760/kalms-and-alcohol

https://www.nosleeplessnights.com/kalms-review/

Divya is currently a Clinical Psychology Trainee in a Master of Philosophy program and holds a Master’s in clinical psychology. She has a special interest in Personality studies and disorders, having researched the subject before, and Neuropsychology; with an additional interest being Mood disorders. She likes to write about Psychiatric issues, having worked in multiple specialty setups during her time as a clinical psychology student, and in her free time she likes to cook and read.

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