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Citalopram And Alcohol Interaction
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
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
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 moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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
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
Taking 200mg of citalopram while drinking alcohol is it possible to show aggressive or violent behavior? Also displaying confusion and panic behavior?
I take Celexa (citalopram) every day. I also have 1 glass of wine most nights. It does not enhance the effects of the alcohol / make me feel depressed. Is this ok?
Caution: Best to limit alcohol consumption while on Celexa (citalopram). Even if you don't feel more depressed, alcohol + Celexa (citalopram) may cause additive effects such as dizziness, difficulty concentrating and drowsiness. You recently gave birth, so if you are breast feeding, check with baby's pcp for guidance as well. If you're using alcohol to relax, consider other ways to manage stress, eg, a mothers' group. Take care. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
At rest & active tremors for a yr now. No drug or alcohol use except clonzapeam 0.25mg & celexa (citalopram) 10mg. Had tremors b4 starting celexa (citalopram). Clonz making it?
Magnesium: Fatigue, anxiety, and tremor are all symptoms of magnesium deficiency. Calcium can block the uptake of magnesium. Poor stomach acid, low 25-oh vit d, chronic stress, caffeine use, and exposure to loud noise predispose to magnesium deficiency. Topical magnesium oil and green vegetables with supplemental taurine to enhance mag uptake, stress reduction, and gentle exercise can help. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can I still drink alcohol if I'm taking Depakote and lamictal for epilepsy and celexa (citalopram) for depression?
Alcohol: Definitely not, especially with your history of seizures. ...Read more
Can I take strepsils lozenges with my citalopram, as I have a sore throat? The box of strepsils says they have dichlorobenzyl alcohol, amylmetacresol.
Drug interactions: There should not be a problem with these lozenges and citalopram, but the best way in which to check this and be reasonably sure is to ask your pharmacist to run this interaction through their computer. Even if these products interact it is unlikely that the amount taken in a lozenge will be significant. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
If you take 20mg citalopram and didn no you were pregnant and had a night out drinking alcohol would it be harmful?
Pregnancy: While alcohol has been associated with certain birth defects and syndromes, there is not a correlation with a certain number of drinks and these effects. Citalopram is not known whether it really has an effect or not. At this point all you can do is don't drink anymore and see your ob/gyn. And congrats! :). ...Read more
If I was pregnant 7weeks without knowing and had a girls night out drinking alcohol vodkas a lot. And take citalopram wud I have really damaged baby?
Vodka: You are probably alright with only one episode of drinking, but make sure you refrain from alcolhol from now on. ...Read more
Taking citolapram and wondering about effects w/ alcohol. Dr. Wants me to stagger off drinking, but meds say don't drink. Your thoughts?
A Matter of Trust: If you trust your doctor, I would follow the advice given. All antidepressant labels say to not drink alcohol, and for good reason--alcohol can really mess up the doctor's picture of what is going on with the patient. That being said, if the doctor trusts you, and you trust the doctor, then I would recommend you follow the prescribed plan. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer