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

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

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. ...Read more

Dr. Alan Ali
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Citalopram (Definition)

Citalopram is a ssri medication used to treat anxiety and depression disorders, it's also used to treat ptsd and ocd. It takes 4 to 6 weeks to be fully effective. Side effects; sedation, minor temporary stomach issues, delayed orgasm in males and rarely weight gain. It is ...Read more


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Can you drink alcohol on celexa (citalopram)?

Can you drink alcohol on celexa (citalopram)?

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. ...Read more

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

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

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. ...Read more

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

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

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. ...Read more

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

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

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. ...Read more

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Should you drink alcohol when taking topomax and citalopram ?

Not recommended: You should not drink alcohol with either of these medications. Discuss with your physician to be clear, but i would recommend not drinking and significant amount of alcohol after recently taking both of these meds together, especially if you have not alcohol with them before. ...Read more

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How will drinking alcohol while i'm on citalopram affect me?

How will drinking alcohol while i'm on citalopram affect me?

Depends: Many pts have a drink even though the label says no without problems. Alcohol is depressing. Pts with panic disorder often have an attack the day after a binge. ...Read more

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Celexa (citalopram) & alcohol after effects: is it normal to have slightly depressed mindstate?

Celexa (citalopram) & alcohol after effects: is it normal to have slightly depressed mindstate?

Yes: The combination can cause you to feel a little depressed for a few reasons. Celexa (citalopram) and alcohol both are metabolized in the liver. This will impair celexa's ability to work well as an antidepressant. Alcohol can magnify the side effects of medication, i.e. Making you feel more tired or down. Alcohol is also a depressant just by itself. ...Read more

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

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

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. ...Read more

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If after been on citalopram for a few months no side effects is it ok to drink alcohol again?

If after been on citalopram for a few months no side effects is it ok to drink alcohol again?

No, but: technically no, but I usually recommend no more than 2 drinks at a time and no more than twice a week since I know that many of my patients will drink anyway. The main interaction is that the antidepressant may intensify effects of alcohol especially reaction time. Also alcohol can cause depression so may not be wort risk if you are doing well on celexa (citalopram) ...Read more

Dr. Alan Ali
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Celexa (Definition)

Celexa is a serotonin reuptake blocker which is a kind of ...Read more