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Doctor insights on: Health Facts Mixing Alcohol And Antidepressants

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Might consuming alcohol on antidepressants make them not work?

Might consuming alcohol on antidepressants make them not work?

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

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Has anyone taking antidepressants had new craving alcohol?

See your doctor !: Antidepressants are relatively safe these days. Complications should be promptly evaluated. You may be in the wrong medication or being treated for the wrong condition. ...Read more

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What are the hazards of taking different antidepressant pills and then drinking alcohol?

What are the hazards of taking different antidepressant pills and then drinking alcohol?

Alcohol: The hazard is that alcohol is a depressant, and counteracts the effects of the antidepressant which could worsen your depression. ...Read more

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Can i eat fermented foods like kefir th have alcohol content while on an ssri antidepressant?

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

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Can i eat fermented foods like kefir with an alcohol content while on an ssri antidepressant?

Can i eat fermented foods like kefir with an alcohol content while on an ssri antidepressant?

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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Can i eat fermented foods like kefir which have alcohol content while on an ssri antidepressant?

Can i eat fermented foods like kefir which have alcohol content while on an ssri antidepressant?

Kefir + SSRI: The degree of interaction depends on which ssri you're taking: some like Paxil (paroxetine) r associated with sedation; others like prozac, with stimulation; & others r neutral. Kefir does contain some alcohol, but kefir made commercially has less than 1% alcohol; so u would have to drink a fair amount on an empty stomach for there to b a major concern. Check with prescribing doc for more info. ...Read more

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