Antidepressants and Alcohol

Antidepressants and Alcohol

Even though alcohol causes considerable upliftment in the mood of its drinkers, it ultimately is a depressant because it depresses the central nervous system of people consuming it. Thus, it is never a good idea to take alcohol and antidepressants together because it can lower the efficacy of the medication, as well as, produce a number of other side effects. The reason while antidepressants and alcohol do not gel well because while the former is directed at treating a case of depression, the latter can exacerbate (increase) the prevailing condition.

Apart from damaging the efficacy of antidepressants, alcohol can also produce a number of other unpleasant effects when present in the body in the company of the former. Many of the antidepressants carry a mild to strong sedative effect, which alcohol can make worse, while it can also impair the motor skills of a person taking both at the same time. Certain types of antidepressants such as the monoamine inhibitors or MOI antidepressants can cause an excessive spike in the blood pressure in the presence of alcohol. Therefore, it is always imperative that people do not take both antidepressants and alcohol at the same time to spare themselves of a number of debilitating side effects.

  • Prozac and Alcohol

Prozac falls under the category of antidepressants classified as Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors or SSRIs, which are highly effective in treating serious cases of manic depression, obsessive-compulsive disorders, and even bipolar disorders. However, combining Prozac and alcohol might not be to the best interest of the person taking them both because the latter can exacerbate the various side effects attributed to the former. Thus, users mixing Prozac and alcohol can feel an increased bout of dizziness, fatigue, and even suicidal tendencies. This is in addition to the reduced efficacy of this drug in the presence of alcohol, as well as, as increased sedation that can jeopardize the normal lifestyle of the people taking this Prozac and alcohol together.

  • Xanax and Alcohol

Xanax is an extremely popular antidepressant because it can treat acute bouts of anxiety, but can also be highly addictive because of the feeling of euphoria and relaxation it induces in some of its users. These sensations get stronger in the presence of alcohol, which makes mixing of Xanax and alcohol just as dangerous as it is attractive to some. In fact, Xanax and alcohol together can exacerbate the side effects caused by both of them, and can even lead to overdose and death. Even when not fatal, mixing of Xanax and alcohol can produce unpleasant consequences such as increased dizziness and sedation, as well as, shallow breaths and slow heart rate.

  • Zoloft and Alcohol

Zoloft is an extremely popular medication falling under the category of antidepressants termed as Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors, which aim to alter the level of serotonin inside the brain to treat instances of chronic depression and panic attacks. However, presence of both Zoloft and alcohol can spell trouble because the latter tends to negate the efficacy of the former, while also impairing the motor skills and control of the people concerned. Moreover, taking Zoloft and alcohol together can lead to the manifestation of a number of side effects such as dizziness, nausea, diarrhea, increased depression and anxiety, and even a rise in the amount of suicidal thoughts.

  • Fluoxetine and Alcohol

Fluoxetine is a highly popular antidepressant medication for treating chronic cases of anxiety, depression, and bipolar disorders. Drinking lightly while taking this medication may not be totally prohibited but it is always wise not to mix such potent medications with alcohol in the stomach. This is because presence of both Fluoxetine and alcohol can lead to an increased degree of sedation in the concerned person. Moreover, the combination of Fluoxetine and alcohol can cause a marked deterioration in the motor skills and control of any person, which makes it dangerous to drive or operate heavy machineries under the influence of both.

  • Sertraline and Alcohol

Even though Sertraline is extremely popular for treating chronic cases of depression, obsessive-compulsive disorders and anxiety, it has a number of unpleasant side effects that produces restlessness, sleepiness, and disturbance in eyesight. However, these side effects can get a lot worse in the presence of both Sertraline and alcohol in the system of any person under this medication. Taking Sertraline and alcohol together can exacerbate these side effects by increasing the sedative effects of this drug, which can impair a person’s motor skills. This means that driving or handling heavy machinery is not a good idea while taking these both together.

  • Citalopram and Alcohol

Citalopram is highly effective as an antidepressant in treating chronic bouts of severe depression and anxiety. However, it can also produce certain side effects such as sleepiness and loss of focus who take it regularly. These side effects can get considerably worse in the presence of both Citalopram and alcohol in the system of any person prescribed this medication. Even though drinking alcohol in moderation is not vehemently prohibited while taking this medication, it is best not to drive or handle heavy machinery while under the effect of both Citalopram and alcohol. However, heavier consumption of alcohol can reduce the efficacy of this drug.
Overall, it has been quite clear that taking antidepressants and alcohol together can cause a considerable number of side effects to a person taking them both together. Moreover, when antidepressants and alcohol are combined they can reduce, nullify or increase the side effects of the medication.
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