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How come everytime I drink alcohol I get a wierd wave of depression?

How come everytime I drink alcohol I get a wierd wave of depression?

It is a depressant.: Not everyone will get waves of depression, at least initially. Alcohol universally is seen as a depressant. The degree to which it is depressing varies but the fact that it is a depressant is clear. You may be at greater risk for serious depression that is clinical and could need intervention if you continue to drink alcohol in any form. ...Read more

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
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Depression (Definition)

Depression is a mood disorder that can affect behavior and emotions. Symptoms of depression include feeling down most of the time, losing interest in previously enjoyable activities, increase or decrease in appetite or weight, sleeping more or less, becoming easily agitated or lethargic, feeling worthless, feeling guilty, having difficulty concentrating, thinking more about death and dying. Depression can sometimes result in suicidal thoughts and plans. In this case, emergent ...Read more


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Taking ciprager for post natal depression. Can you drink alcohol with this?

Taking ciprager for post natal depression. Can you drink alcohol with this?

Bad idea: There's a reason antidepressant meds (adms) have a warning label stating "do not use alcohol w this med." first, drinking w it amounts to mixing a depressant with an adm. 2nd, the med needs to reach & maintain a steady blood level, & alcohol, a good solvent for many things, knocks the med's blood level down. Not sure about this one but many adms r processed thru the liver. Please don't drink w it. ...Read more

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I have been taking St. John's Wort 250mg tablets once a day for 6 weeks to lift my mood, not for depression. Can I drink alcohol while on them?

I have been taking St. John's Wort 250mg tablets once a day for 6 weeks to lift my mood, not for depression. Can I drink alcohol while on them?

I wouldn't recommend: it. Firstly, there is only a little evidence that ANY medication actually improved mild depression (or dysthymia, the medical term), and you are better off with psychotherapy, meditation and (esp!) EXERCISE. Secondly, alcohol itself is a depressant, and may be contributing to your poor mood. I would strongly consider how much alcohol may be part of the problem before you consider continuing use ...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

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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Im taking Prozac (fluoxetine) (the generic form) for anxiety and depression. Is it ok to drink alcohol when im taking this?

Im taking Prozac (fluoxetine) (the generic form) for anxiety and depression. Is it ok to drink alcohol when im taking this?

Be careful: I'd limit self to no more than one drink until i know how it would affect you. Also, side alcohol is a depressant, it can counter the affect of the prozac (fluoxetine). Be judicious. ...Read more

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Depression/anxiety after drinking alcohol. Why do I only get like this with alcohol?

Choices: I am not sure. Perhaps if you hold in feelings, the alcohol disinhibits you enough to feel them. Alcohol tends to be a depressant over time. Regardless of the reason -clearly alcohol is impacting you negatively. Why continue to drink it you have a bad outcome? ...Read more

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Why do I get sore and depressed after drinking alcohol?

Why do I get sore and depressed after drinking alcohol?

I don't know: It's clinical lore that alcohol causes depressive disorders. There is no evidence in the literature to support this. Alcohol is a CNS depressant, which is entirely different than saying a substance causes depressed mood. There are substances that have potential to cause depression (interferon), but alcohol isn't one of them. However, alcohol *intoxication* can cause mood lability (incl depression). ...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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