A 45-year-old member asked:
Is it safe to drink alcohol on lexapro (escitalopram)?
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Dr. Steven Reidbord answered
35 years experience in Psychiatry
Not advised: Drinking on an ssri antidepressant can make depression or anxiety persist ("fighting" the treatment). It increases seizure risk. Can make alcohol feel stronger, impairing driving and similar activities more than expected. The standard rule: avoid all alcohol. That said, people use ssris for months or years; some use alcohol occasionally in small amts and are ok. Weigh the risks.
Answered on Mar 10, 2018
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