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What happens when you're on Paxil (paroxetine) and drink alcohol?

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Dr. Joseph De santi
Family Medicine
3 doctors agree

In brief: Psychomotor impaired

The combination of alcohol with any prescription medication can lead to adverse side effects.
In the case of paxil (paroxetine), (paroxetine) the effects are additive between the two "drugs" such that the sedative effects of Paxil (paroxetine) and those of alchohol add to one another to make the combination more dangerous then either alone. Also the depressant effects of alcohol on the muscular system can be enhanced due to paxil (paroxetine).

In brief: Psychomotor impaired

The combination of alcohol with any prescription medication can lead to adverse side effects.
In the case of paxil (paroxetine), (paroxetine) the effects are additive between the two "drugs" such that the sedative effects of Paxil (paroxetine) and those of alchohol add to one another to make the combination more dangerous then either alone. Also the depressant effects of alcohol on the muscular system can be enhanced due to paxil (paroxetine).
Dr. Joseph De santi
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Dr. Alan Wartenberg
Addiction Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Depends

It is never recommended to use alcohol while taking any antidepressants.
However, there is a difference between drinking a drink or two per week, and more frequent or daily drinking. Occasonal alcohol is unlikely to cause problems, but regular alcohol use interferes with the effects of the medicine, and itself can worsen depression. If you think you may be drinking too much, you probably are.

In brief: Depends

It is never recommended to use alcohol while taking any antidepressants.
However, there is a difference between drinking a drink or two per week, and more frequent or daily drinking. Occasonal alcohol is unlikely to cause problems, but regular alcohol use interferes with the effects of the medicine, and itself can worsen depression. If you think you may be drinking too much, you probably are.
Dr. Alan Wartenberg
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