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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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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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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 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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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 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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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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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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