Day two on Sertraline (Zoloft) 25mg will this interact with alcohol??

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binomial
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   Posted 9/21/2017 9:06 AM (GMT -6)   
I just got put on Sertraline by my doc today. She advised starting treatment immediately and so have taken my first dose (25mg).
I am going to an event tomorrow where there will be a lot of drinking and was just wondering if anyone has any experience of having just started taking sertraline and heavy drinking? Or any experience with alcohol and sertraline at all?
Should I not take a pill tomorrow and just restart the day after?? confused

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   Posted 9/21/2017 10:48 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello and welcome!

The jury is kind of hung on light imbibing whilst taking an SSRI.

Some doctors say it is ill advised, while others maintain that a drink or two occasionally is fine.

However, I think all would agree that heavy drinking, and any drinking during a new start up is never advised.

Starting, stopping and starting up again is also not the best plan.

I think you are better off continuing with your Rx regimen and sticking to club soda for your event.

Your long term health goals are worth the sacrifce!

Best wishes on your new treatment! Post with us anytime for sharing and support!

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   Posted 9/21/2017 12:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Technically, you're not supposed to consume large amounts of alcohol with any SSRI. It really is going to vary person to person because your unique biochemistry is going to play a part in whether alcohol is going to severely effect you or not.

I have not had any negative experiences with alcohol and the SSRI and I've been on an SSRI for many many many many years.

I also don't drink that much. After I made a crap decision when I was younger and hurt my 2 month old car, I pretty much stopped the party. smile
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   Posted 9/21/2017 1:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi

Welcome to the forum.

I have been taking antidepressants for many years now and I have gone through periods were I have drunk heavily whilst on them and I came to the conclusion that it's not a good idea to drink heavily but a couple of drinks (3 max) is fine in my case.

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   Posted 9/22/2017 7:19 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Binomial,

I was on an SSRI for many years. I agree with most of the previous posters. My suggestion would be having one drink, just to get that good relaxed feeling. Then drink sodas or water. There may be other people there who are not drinking. You may find you have fun even if you aren't drinking.

Good luck.
Rich

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binomial
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   Posted 9/22/2017 8:39 AM (GMT -6)   
thanks for the advice guys il try taking it easy for once smile

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   Posted 9/22/2017 9:28 AM (GMT -6)   
Good plan. 😊

Have a great event! Keep us updated so we can keep you in support!

S.C.
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