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A 54-year-old member asked:

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

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Michael Miller
Addiction Medicine 47 years experience
Be Careful: Even moderate alcohol use can be associated with depression. Although there is no contraindication to an occasional drink, i would advise to be very careful with alcohol if you're being treated for depression. Also there can be a link between depression and the development of addictive behavior.
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Alianswered
Psychiatry 33 years experience
Alcohol/Celexa: I would not recommend it.

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A 40-year-old member asked:

Is it okay to drink alcohol when taking celexa (citalopram)?

1 doctor answer3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Aaron Ament
59 years experience
HOW MUCH?: They will be additive regarding sedation. That's not a good idea for driving, gutter cleaning, tree trimming and other things where you don't want to doze off. Also the amount of drink is a real factor. Check with dr who prescribed Celexa (citalopram) and get dr's opinion re anxiety, depression, alcohol. Therapy may be indicated. If in therapy, time to take it seriously.
A 33-year-old member asked:

If i'm taking citalopram, can I dirnk alcohol?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Yash Khanna
Family Medicine 58 years experience
LIGHT TO MODERATE: Both work on similar chemicals in the brain , which means depression symptoms may increase but occasional drink from light to moderate can be consumed.
A 34-year-old female asked:

Can you drink alcohol on celexa (citalopram)?

2 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Alianswered
Psychiatry 33 years experience
Alcohol/Celexa: Not good idea to drink alcohol on any medications.
Canada
A 21-year-old female asked:

Can i drink alcohol while taking celexa (citalopram)? Is there any medications that should not be taken with celexa (citalopram)?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Yash Khanna
Family Medicine 58 years experience
Not a good idea but: Drinking alcohol while taking Celexa (citalopram) can increase the side effects of Celexa (citalopram) and vice versa.But if you drink, drink only small or moderate amont .That is 1drink a day for women and two drinks a day for men, and be careful as to side effects.You should not take MAO inhibiters, ectasy street drug, other ssris, st john warts, other sedatives and sleeping pills if approved by your doctor with care.Ask ur md.
Australia
A 19-year-old female asked:

What happens when you drink alcohol while taking citalopram (30mg)?

1 doctor answer10 doctors weighed in
Dr. Donald Gieck
Clinical Psychology 15 years experience
Interaction effects: Use of alcohol while on citalopram is strongly discouraged. Several important effects to know about: short-term there is a risk of increased drowsiness and sedation, dizziness, difficulties with concentration, and impaired decision making. Second alcohol reduces effectiveness of citalopram, increasing risk of heightened depression or anxiety symptoms, and may interfere with treatment outcomes.
Last updated Apr 13, 2018
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