A 43-year-old member asked:
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can i drink alcohol while on amitriptyline?

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Dr. Evan Altman
18 years experience Psychiatry
Not recommended: It is not recommended to drink alcohol when taking medications, including Elavil/amitriptyline. The liver is responsible for metabolizing both alcohol and medications, adding additional burden especially in those with medical problems. If taken as an anti-depressant, the goals of treatment with Elavil are being undone by drinking alcohol, which is by definition a nervous system depressant.
Answered on Aug 12, 2018

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