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A 34-year-old female asked:

Can you drink alcohol on celexa (citalopram)?

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Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Alianswered
Psychiatry 33 years experience
Alcohol/Celexa: Not good idea to drink alcohol on any medications.
Dr. Robert Woods
Psychiatry 31 years experience
Best To Avoid: Celexa (citalopram) is an antidepressant and alcohol is a depressant. Common sense tells us to avoid alcohol while treating depression, otherwise one agent will cancel the other. I have always considered alcohol the "original medication". It calms you, gives you confidence, stimulates you and puts you to sleep and can even be unused as an antiseptic. If you are unable to stop drinking talk to your doctor.

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Can I still drink alcohol while taking celexa (citalopram)?

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