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Is it safe to drink alcohol while taking lexapro (escitalopram)?

Is it safe to drink alcohol while taking lexapro (escitalopram)?

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. ...Read more

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Dr. Gregg Albers
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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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Going to be starting Lexapro (escitalopram) & noticed it says do not drink alcohol but i know 5 people on it that still drink alcohol with no bad side effects.

Going to be starting Lexapro (escitalopram) & noticed it says do not drink alcohol but i know 5 people on it that still drink alcohol with no bad side effects.

Mixing is dangerous: Lexapro combined with alcohol can suppress the respiratory center in the brain. The person will stop breathing and this will cause death. There is no scientifice data showing at what quantities of alcohol and at what dossage of Lexapro can cause this depression of respiratory center . The dose that can kill the people varies from person to person. Xanax (alprazolam) + alcohol can kill the person much faster. ...Read more

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Is it safe to drink alcohol on lexapro (escitalopram)?

Is it safe to drink alcohol on lexapro (escitalopram)?

Not advised: Drinking on an ssri antidepressant can make depression or anxiety persist ("fighting" the treatment), ; increases seizure risk. The med can also make alcohol feel stronger, impairing driving ; 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 ; are ok. Weigh the risks. ...Read more

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Took one 5mg Lexapro (escitalopram) on Monday night and then decided not to take again. Is it safe to drink alcohol tonight approx 96 hours later? No other meds.

Took one 5mg Lexapro (escitalopram) on Monday night and then decided not to take again.  Is it safe to drink alcohol tonight approx 96 hours later? No other meds.

Don't stop like that: It strikes me that drinking is less of a concern related to your medicine than it is regarding your anxiety. Alcohol can be tricky to predict if you are not feeling well emotionally, so I would consider that. Since you were only taking your Lexapro (escitalopram) for one day, you probably did not have a bad reaction. But for the future, stopping antidepressants suddenly can make you feel terrible. Be careful ...Read more

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Can you drink alcohol while on 5mg of Lexapro (escitalopram)? i'm not taking it for depression, just to chill out a little from stress

Not advisable: I usually tell patients a little infrequntly is ok, but why are you taking lexapro (escitalopram) in the first place there are better options for stress relief that do not have any risk such as individual or group therapy ...Read more

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I just started Lexapro (escitalopram) and Ativan and neither label said anything about alcohol consumption, would drinking be safe?

I just started Lexapro (escitalopram) and Ativan and neither label said anything about alcohol consumption, would drinking be safe?

How much?: The effects of alcohol mixed with meds are usually additive. Depending on the individual's biodhemistry drinking might be safe - but you would need to be careful about quantity. Think about dirnking - but less. If you or family members have drinking problems, then drinking at all is a gamble. ...Read more

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I am on 20 mg of Lexapro (escitalopram) and I find that when I drink alcohol I get drunk really fast. I also get sick. I had 5 drinks last night and threw up a lot.

I am on 20 mg of Lexapro (escitalopram) and I find that when I drink alcohol I get drunk really fast.  I also get sick. I had 5 drinks last night and threw up a lot.

Lexapro (escitalopram) : Any antidepressant and alcohol is bad combo. It's not recommended and could lead to other health problems. Best see your prescribing doc and discuss this ...Read more

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Is safe to drink alcohol in moderation while being on concerta, lexapro, and fludrocortisone hi I am a 21 year old woman who has been diagnosed with dysautonomia. I have been feeling back to normal and i was wondering if it is safe to drink alcohol in mod

Probably: None of the medications you mention react especially badly to alcohol, although you may find that "moderation" is less that it would be if you did not have dysautonomia and were not taking these medications. Definitely check with your doctor(s) first, though, about what to look for. Also, start really, really low and see what your tolerance to alcohol is. ...Read more

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Is it possible for you to drink alcohol a few hours after taking lexipro?

Not recommended: It's of course possible since you're in charge of what you drink or take. But it's not recommended to drink alcohol at all if you're on lexapro (escitalopram). Please don't. ...Read more

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Why did my alcohol consumption increase when i started lexapro (escitalopram)?

Why did my alcohol consumption increase when i started lexapro (escitalopram)?

Outstanding question: There is at least one sub-type of alcoholism.(and likely addiction in general) where alcohol use has been documented to increase with ssris (and other anti depressants?) patients are younger onset and with strong family histories of alcohol use. These are not perfect criteria however. The meds cause increased irritability and impulsiveness. Few doctors are aware of these studies. ...Read more

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What is the risk of drinking alcohol and taking 20mg of lexapro (escitalopram)?

What is the risk of drinking alcohol and taking 20mg of lexapro (escitalopram)?

Interaction: 'Using escitalopram together with ethanol can increase nervous system side effects such as dizziness, drowsiness, and difficulty concentrating. Some people may also experience impairment in thinking and judgment.' See: http://www.drugs.com/interactions-check.php?drug_list=1034-14582,1013-565 ...Read more

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Turning 21 this weekend! On Lexapro (escitalopram), (escitalopram) can I have any alcohol at all? Will having one drink severely affect me? I take Lexapro (escitalopram) for anxiety and migraine.

Turning 21 this weekend! On Lexapro (escitalopram), (escitalopram) can I have any alcohol at all? Will having one drink severely affect me? I take Lexapro (escitalopram) for anxiety and migraine.

Likely not but...: Not an MD, but have had patients with these sorts of questions. In a healthy individual only taking Lexapro, (escitalopram) no history or signs of liver disease, it is extremely unlikely that one alcoholic drink would cause problems for you. That said, for some people it is difficult to stick to just one drink. No matter what for your health and peace of mind ask your prescribing MD for conclusive answer. ...Read more

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Can you drink alcohol while taking L-tyrosine?

Can you drink alcohol while taking L-tyrosine?

I do every thanksgiv: L tyrosine is a normal amino acid found in meat. There is no more interaction between it an alcohol than meat and alcohol. ...Read more

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Can you drink alcohol while taking tamiflures?

Can you drink alcohol while taking tamiflures?

Not Advised: It is not advised to drink alcohol when you are ill regardless if you are on medication or not. That then gets much more specific in that you are not to drink alcohol when on medication for an acute illness such as the flu. ...Read more

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Can you drink alcohol while taking penicillin?

Can you drink alcohol while taking penicillin?

Yes: No problem taking penicillin class antibiotics with alcohol but keep it in moderation. If you have a significant infection it would be best to abstain until the infection has resolved. ...Read more

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Can you drink alcohol while taking decongestants?

Can you drink alcohol while taking decongestants?

Etoh & decongestant: Greetings. You can in moderation drink alcohol and take decongestants. Saline nasal wash is a great natural decongestant. ...Read more

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Why Cant You Drink Alcohol While Taking Vandazole?

Why Cant You Drink Alcohol While Taking Vandazole?

Vandazole: There is the potential for an interaction that will cause nausea and vomiting. It is a very unpleasant explosive vomiting. You also can turn red all over. It is the same type of reaction that occurs with Ant-abuse a medication given to help alcoholics not drink. ...Read more

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Can you drink alcohol while taking propranolol 20mg?

Careful: There are some described interactions, with an increased risk of hypotension or bradycardia (symptomatic low HR or BP), although 20 mg is a pretty low dose for propranolol. ...Read more