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Why is it bad to mix antidepressants and alcohol?

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In brief: It's best to avoid combining antidepressants and alcohol

It may worsen your symptoms, and in some cases it can be dangerous.
If you mix antidepressants and alcohol: You may feel more depressed or anxious. , Side effects may be worse if you also take another medication. , You may be at risk of a dangerous reaction if you take MAOIs. , Your thinking and alertness may be impaired. , You may become sedated or feel drowsy. . Don't stop taking an antidepressant or other medication just so that you can drink. Most antidepressants require taking a consistent, daily dose to maintain a constant level in your system and work as intended. Stopping and starting your medications can make your depression worse. While it's generally best not to drink at all if you're depressed, ask your doctor. If you have depression: You may be at risk of alcohol abuse. , You may have trouble sleeping. . If you're concerned about your alcohol use, you may benefit from substance abuse counseling and treatment programs that can help you overcome your misuse of alcohol. Joining a support group or a 12-step program such as Alcoholics Anonymous may help. If you're at low risk of addiction to alcohol, it may be OK to have an occasional drink, depending on your particular situation. Tell your doctor about any other health conditions you might have and any other medications you take, such as herbal or other supplements.

In brief: It's best to avoid combining antidepressants and alcohol

It may worsen your symptoms, and in some cases it can be dangerous.
If you mix antidepressants and alcohol: You may feel more depressed or anxious. , Side effects may be worse if you also take another medication. , You may be at risk of a dangerous reaction if you take MAOIs. , Your thinking and alertness may be impaired. , You may become sedated or feel drowsy. . Don't stop taking an antidepressant or other medication just so that you can drink. Most antidepressants require taking a consistent, daily dose to maintain a constant level in your system and work as intended. Stopping and starting your medications can make your depression worse. While it's generally best not to drink at all if you're depressed, ask your doctor. If you have depression: You may be at risk of alcohol abuse. , You may have trouble sleeping. . If you're concerned about your alcohol use, you may benefit from substance abuse counseling and treatment programs that can help you overcome your misuse of alcohol. Joining a support group or a 12-step program such as Alcoholics Anonymous may help. If you're at low risk of addiction to alcohol, it may be OK to have an occasional drink, depending on your particular situation. Tell your doctor about any other health conditions you might have and any other medications you take, such as herbal or other supplements.
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry

In brief: Drug interactions.

Mixing alcohol & some antidepressants may ^ risk of poorer concentration, dizziness, confusion, drowsiness, decreased motor coordination & impairment of judgment.
Tyramine in diet (beer, wine, other alcoholic beverages)can cause significant problems if taking Monoamine Oxidase inhibitors.

In brief: Drug interactions.

Mixing alcohol & some antidepressants may ^ risk of poorer concentration, dizziness, confusion, drowsiness, decreased motor coordination & impairment of judgment.
Tyramine in diet (beer, wine, other alcoholic beverages)can cause significant problems if taking Monoamine Oxidase inhibitors.
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