Another "Lexapro" question involving alcohol

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AKindOfMagic
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   Posted 7/20/2010 9:30 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm an alcoholic, though I don't drink on a daily basis. Once an alcoholic, you are always an alcoholic. I was just switched from Effexor to Lexapro. As I understand it, there's less ingredients in Lexapro.

Sometimes I still drink (parties, special occasions, social gatherings). I was wondering if Lexapro would cause any horrible issues if I'd drink maybe a 12 pack of beer. I also take Clonazepam. I know these are bad things to do, but I thought it'd be better to ask on here.

What's worse?

Taking alcohol with Clonazepam and Effexor?
or
Taking alcohol with Clonazepam and Lexapro?

Of course I don't want to die right now, and, yes, I do know these are all bad things to do, but I've managed to not drink on a daily basis and I don't drink often anymore, but when I do, it's usually a 12 pack. I'm just curious if drinking with Lexapro is worse than with Effexor.

PS - I just started taking Lexapro today and it appears to have the same effect on me as Effexor.

stkitt
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   Posted 7/20/2010 9:44 AM (GMT -7)   
It's generally best to avoid combining antidepressants and alcohol for several reasons. In some cases it can be dangerous. Before combining antidepressants and alcohol, always talk to your doctor first about whether it's safe for you.

Klonopin and alcohol - Absolutely not. Klonopin (generic: clonazepam), a member of the benzodiazepine class, and alcohol mixed together increases the effect of both substances and acts as a central nervous system depressant. The central nervous system includes the brain stem, the part of your brain that regulates things like respiratory and cardiac rates. It is not unusual for someone to stop breathing and either die or incur permanent brain damage from this combination.

I think you know the answer already to your questions and to the best of my knowledge alcoholics can not just drink a 12 pack once in a while. I know you can beat your addiction to alcohol but you have to choose to do so. Have you ever been to counseling or belonged to AA ?

I wish you the best.

Kindly

Kitt

AKindOfMagic
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   Posted 7/20/2010 10:11 AM (GMT -7)   
stkitt said...
It's generally best to avoid combining antidepressants and alcohol for several reasons. In some cases it can be dangerous. Before combining antidepressants and alcohol, always talk to your doctor first about whether it's safe for you.
Klonopin and alcohol - Absolutely not. Klonopin (generic: clonazepam), a member of the benzodiazepine class, and alcohol mixed together increases the effect of both substances and acts as a central nervous system depressant. The central nervous system includes the brain stem, the part of your brain that regulates things like respiratory and cardiac rates. It is not unusual for someone to stop breathing and either die or incur permanent brain damage from this combination
 
I think you know the answer already to your questions and to the best of my knowledge alcoholics can not just drink a 12 pack once in a while. I know you can beat your addiction to alcohol but you have to choose to do so. Have you ever been to counseling or belonged to AA ?
I wish you the best.
Kindly
Kitt


I know quite well about Clonazepam or Ativan being mixed with alcohol. I used to drink pretty severly and once, I did stop breathing after about 26 beers. I just stopped breathing. I was also on Effexor at the time, and I think Ritalin. It was a very odd and scary situation once I realized what had happened. It didn't slow me down, in fact I think things got worse. I've done very bad things in the past, like drinking with Ritalin, Effexor, Vicodin, Lorazepam (before I was on Clonazepam), and Tylenol at the same time. It was a horrible time. My doctor's ended up finding out because my girlfriend took me to the doctor's office while I was drunk. Everyone was pretty dissapointed.

I'm serious about "drinking once in a while"... the reason being, after all of my heavy drinking, a good friend of mine killed himself. Before he did it, he felt sick often, he'd get confused about things, forgetful, and he was losing quite a bit of weight, when I last saw him it looked like he had AIDS wasting syndrome. He was a chain drinker of beer, chain smoker of cigarettes, which happens to be like a lot of people in this area. During his autopsy, they discovered he had stage C liver cirrhosis, and since then, I really have been drinking far less. No more alcohol daily for me. More like once a week, if that.

I used to go to AA all the time. To different areas, too, but it was all the same. They'd talk about all the parties and drinking, and I'd usually end up craving all of those things and buying a 12 or 6 pack after the meeting and going out. I knew in those days that if you run out, there's always someone willing to buy you more. I stay away from those people now, otherwise I'd be drinking daily still.

This all sounds so stupid to people probably, especially considering all the things I've written above.

I'm really just wondering if drinking with Lexapro is worse than drinking with Effexor.

Post Edited By Moderator (stkitt) : 7/20/2010 3:20:19 PM (GMT-6)


stkitt
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   Posted 7/20/2010 2:25 PM (GMT -7)   
Regarding your question - I believe it was asked and answered in my original post -
"I'm really just wondering if drinking with Lexapro is worse than drinking with Effexor?" Before combining antidepressants and alcohol, always talk to your doctor first about whether it's safe for you.

We are not professionals but simply peers that have anxiety the same as you.

I am sorry I could not help you more.

Kindly,

Kitt

AKindOfMagic
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   Posted 7/22/2010 9:07 PM (GMT -7)   
I hate talking with my doctor about those kinds of things. Especially when it comes to my Clonazepam, I get a big lecture about that. But usually when I'm drinking, I don't even take that.

Anyways, I'm having a beer right now, so I guess I'll tell you all how it goes. If all goes well though, I'm sure it won't be the same for everyone. I've been reading into taking alcohol and Lexapro, and, a lot of things said it can increase depression, which is one reason why you shouldn't drink, as for a lot of people it's a depressant.

stkitt
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   Posted 7/23/2010 6:31 AM (GMT -7)   
AKindOfMagic
If you choose to drink that is your decision however I wish you would not put your health at risk. To all members I will reiterate, Before combining antidepressants and alcohol, always talk to your doctor first about whether it's safe for you.

Each person needs to be their own best advocate.

Guideline # 4. Use good judgement. NEVER rely on information or opinions exchanged via the forums or chat rooms to replace necessary, personal consultation(s) with qualified health or medical professionals to meet your individual health or medical needs. Remember that what's right or has worked for one person may not be what's right for you.

Gentle reminder to All.

Kindly,
Kitt
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