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Interaction Between Alcohol And Lexapro
Yes: It's unclear what you mean by "large quantity," and unclear how much alcohol you mean. But larger than prescribed amounts combined with any alcohol would involve risk. And the risk of death is not at all remote: they synergize to suppress breathing and blood pressure. You've described a lethal cocktail. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Also called escitalopram, it is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor, used for treatment of depression, anxiety disorders. It is the isomer of citalopram (celexa), originally introduced as a refined form of Celexa with fewer adverse effects. Daily doses range from 10 mg. To 40 mg. , average 20mg. Main side-effects involve ...Read more
Be careful: In general you want to avoid or use care in combining agents that have effects on the central nervous system. Some individuals experience an increased intensity of the effect of alcohol when on an antidepressant. Alcohol in significant amounts on an ongoing basis can interfere with the effectiveness of antidepressants including lexapro. It would be safest to clarify with the prescribing physician. ...Read more
I'm 17 and have been on Lexapro for 3 months, can it hurt me since i drank about 3 sips of alcohol?
Not 3 sips: It is not a good idea and more than a few sips is a worse idea. It increases the effects through diminishing the liver function which would dispel the alcohol so it stays in the blood longer than usual. Anyway, you're too young and depression symptoms can be worsened by drinking. Be careful, be well. ...Read more
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
On Lexapro 10mg. So much mixed info about alcohol. Is 1-2 glasses of wine on a special occasion ok or no? Nurse says yes, but some say no...
Are there any studies that link Lexapro and alcohol use to blackouts? I see a lot of people reporting that side affect
Going to be starting Lexapro & 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 + alcohol can kill the person much faster. ...Read more
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