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Alcohol Depressant Or Antidepressant
Alcohol &antidpresnt: First, alcohol is a depressant. This amounts to taking a depressant w/ an antidepressant. In addition, alcohol is a solvent (some forms will take the paint of your car). Beverage alcohol washes the antidepressant meds out of your body. Antidepressants become effective by building up to a sustained level in your blood. If you drink and keep knocking the level down, it defeats the medication. ...Read more
Several reasons: 1. Alcohol tends to maintain and worsen depression, so it will oppose the effect of the antidepressant. 2. Alcohol feels "stronger", so coordination, driving, etc, may be more impaired than expected. 3. The combination increases the risk of seizures. 4. Suicide risk is greatly increased if a depressed person drinks. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is it possible for you to die from drinking alcohol with klonopin (clonazepam) and antidepressants?
Yes...: It's possible to die from drinking alcohol all by itself, if you drink enough. It's more hazardous to drink on top of Klonopin (clonazepam), since it acts like alcohol in some ways. It's also more risky to drink on top of antidepressants, as the risk of seizures increases (and the antidepressant won't work as well). "possible" to die doesn't mean it's likely, but why risk it? ...Read more
No and I suspect: that the fact you are asking this of a stranger online, rather than the doctor(s) who are prescribing these medications for you means that you KNOW that the answer is no. Alcohol can increase depression and anxiety in many people, as can marijuana. I will wager that your doctors don't know about your drinking or weed use. If you truly want help to get better, tell them and stop drinking/weed. ...Read more
Usually ok: Most commercially available kefir in the us contains little or no alcohol. If it's homemade or imported, it may have significant alcohol content. Taking alcohol with ssris is not recommended — you certainly should not become intoxicated while on an ssri. But small quantities of alcohol in fermented foods is generally not a problem. ...Read more
Yes: Fermented foods contain an amine called tyramine which can cause your blood pressure to elevate significantly. However this usually occurs when you take monoamine oxidase inhibitors (anotherclass of antidepressants) and ingest tyramine. If you plan to consume fermented foods on a regular basis it would be wise to monitor your BP and to consult your physician. ...Read more
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