Hi Penny, Welcome to Healing Well we are happy to have you. I was on Zoloft for many years and took up to 200mg a day dosage. I went through a stage in my 20's where I drank quite a bit and I was on this medication while doing so. I knew what the possible effects would be of mixing alcohol with antidepressants but at the time thought that of course nothing adverse would happen to me. If I had a few drinks whatever they were I was fine except for a slight hangover the next morning and regret of drinking the next day. If I drank in excess which was usually the case I too would have what you’re describing as "not remembering things". Yes, drinking with any antidepressant is going to intensify this problem. The generic version of Zoloft is Sertraline and I would very much doubt that going to the generic version would help your situation as their chemical compounds are very much the same.
You can talk to your doctor about this and see if another antidepressant is going to be better for you and handle holding up to social situations. I am sure that other members will also post to you with suggestions and advice. Please do keep posting this is a great forum for information and support. Take care
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Glad to have you on board. Have you ever read the warning sticker on your meds bottle(s). Or the pharmacy information they include with every prescription? All anti-depressants warn against the use of alcohol while taking the medication. Alcohol is a depressant, Zoloft is an anti-depressant. See any conflict here? It's like a milder version of a speedball - cocaine and heroin - which is what killed John Belushi. Mixing medications with conflicting purposes is just asking for trouble. You know, you just can't have it all. If you need to take the Zoloft, lay off the beer. Sometimes you have make sacrifices to fix a chemical imbalance in your brain. If nothing else, try substituting a non-alcoholic beer. That way you can be out and social, without the fear of something really bad happening, or doing things you won't remember the next day.
I made the mistake of drinking while on my meds back in October. I had no idea that it would affect me the way it did. I was drinking double White Russians faster than the alcohol was hitting me. It started catching up with me pretty quickly. I knocked something onto the floor, which I bent over to pick up. I hit my head squarely on the bar and gave myself a concussion. I remember nothing about the next half hour. I saw friends, had conversations, and had to get an escort to walk me back to my room. Good thing he was a really nice, well-built fireman, because my room was way at the other end of the complex. I do remember bouncing off the walls a number of times. Drinking was a stupid thing to do, and I knew better. I thought I'd just test the odds. Bad idea. Don't keep making the same mistake. It's just not worth it.
I didn't mean to come across as lecturing, I just wanted to give you another perspective, since my mixing of anti-depressants and alcohol did not work out so well for me. If you step back and look at your situation like it was some unknown person, you might see things slightly different. You started taking anti-depressants for a reason. Unless your situation is drastically changed, stopping prescription medication in favor of herbal remedies is a crap shoot. Non-regulated herbal remedies are very sketchy in their effectiveness. Because they are not regulated by the FDA, which would basically eliminate their existance, there is widespread disparity in what benefits they may offer. In addition, the concentration of the "active" ingredient varies widely, not only from product to product, but within individual lots of the same product. That's why the FDA wants to regulate all herbal remedies.
Drinking alcohol numbs you out, and seems to make your problems disappear. But they don't. It just prevents you from dealing with them. Saying that you've been drinking on the meds for ten years is not a thing to brag about. If you stopped drinking for a while, you might be able to confront and resolve your problems while still on your meds, and if you did that, maybe you wouldn't need to take them anymore. Not lecturing, just giving you food for thought. Lastly, you're not posting on this board because life, as you are living it, is working for you. Just think about it.
Let us know how you are doing. We care.
Post Edited By Moderator (getting by) : 1/16/2010 7:40:48 PM (GMT-7)
Bill12 is some kind of spammer cruising MANY different forums usually saying "Lexapro is a great drug for teens and young people and I highly reccomend it". He has been removed on other forums. Lexapro is NOT recommended for teens and furthermore was on the Lexapro Withdrawal forum six months ago saying he had been on it 'for two months'.
Penny...I drank a half a glass of champagne toasting a bride at a wedding while on an SSRI and got so sick I had to leave. Everyone is different but that was my last experience mixing two. Never again for me.