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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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Dr. Gregg Albers
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Alcohol Consumption (Definition)

Alcohol is available in many beverages, from beer and wine to the more potent distilled spirits, such as gin, rye, and whiskey. There appear to be at least small health benefits of small amounts of alcohol use (fewer than five drinks per week), especially of red wine Excessive alcohol use can lead to addiction and severe social and physical complications. Excess long term alcohol use is the most common cause of cirrhosis of the ...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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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 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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Is it a bad idea to drink alcohol if i'm taking asacol, (mesalamine) mercaptopurine, prednisone, and celexa?

Is it a bad idea to drink alcohol if i'm taking asacol, (mesalamine) mercaptopurine, prednisone, and celexa?

Yes: Alcohol depletes serotonin making Celexa (citalopram) not work. Alcohol causes diahrea and irritates your bowel (you apparently have inflamatory bowel problem from your meds) do you think a few hours of alcohol high is worth days to weeks of agony from ibs and depression? ...Read more

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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

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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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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

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I am taking lexapro (escitalopram). Can I still drink alcohol ?

I am taking lexapro (escitalopram).  Can I still drink alcohol ?

It says not to: The label. Says no--i have patients who do but with caution alcohol is a depressant also patients with panic disorder frequently have an attack the morning after a bout of drinking. ...Read more

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After my gallbladder removed can I still drink alcohol ?

I don't think: Alcohol in moderate amounts will be harmful after cholecystectomy, unless you have other conditions. Consult your surgeon just to make sure. ...Read more

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I think I have a very minor concussion can I still drink alcohol ?

Bad idea: If you have a head injury, I wouldn't drink alcohol or take any narcotic meds It may alter your mental status which can be confused with the concussion symptoms ...Read more

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Can I still drink alcohol if im taking medicine to prevent combustion/seizures?

Can I still drink alcohol if im taking medicine to prevent combustion/seizures?

Only if you're Mario: People don't combust after seizures. On the other hand, mario (of super brothers fame) does! alcohol is another matter as far as messing with seizures and antiseizure medications, so you best discuss this important matter with your physician. ...Read more

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I have an enlarged spleen can I still drink alcohol?

Depends: That depends on why you have an enlarged spleen. If it's due to cirrhosis or any other liver disease, you should not drink alcohol. ...Read more

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If my AST level is 52 and ALT level is 67, should I still drink alcohol? I don't drink that often maybe once to three times a month.

If my AST level is 52 and ALT level is 67, should I still drink alcohol? I don't drink that often maybe once to three times a month.

Might confuse workup: Probably best not to, until it is known why the liver enzymes are elevated. Acetaminophen, alcohol, and NSAIDS like ibuprofen are common reasons for liver tests to be elevated. If the liver is injured, these three are best avoided. Mild NSAID related liver enzyme elevations often are not accompanied by significant liver injury, but they can interfere with workup and confuse the issue. ...Read more

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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


Dr. Alan Ali
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Celexa (Definition)

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