What will happen if I drink alcohol while taking Lexapro?
Studies show that LEXAPRO does not increase the cognitive and motor effects brought on by alcohol. However, alcohol may deepen depression. Therefore, the use of alcohol with patients taking LEXAPRO is not recommended. LEXAPRO and alcohol together have caused dizziness, sweating, nausea, vomiting, tremor, somnolence, etc. The LEXAPRO and alcohol connection also caused sinus tachycardia, and convulsions. In more rare cases, LEXAPRO and alcohol caused symptoms of amnesia, confusion, coma, hyperventilation. Of more concern, LEXAPRO and alcohol caused cyanosis, rhabdomyolysis, and ECG changes (including QTc prolongation, nodal rhythm, and ventricular arrhythmia. LEXAPRO and alcohol may have caused one case of torsades de pointes). For a list of side effects of LEXAPRO and alcohol, read LEXAPRO and alcohol warning on the package insert.
Post Edited By Moderator (normalsnofun) : 2/6/2007 1:04:27 PM (GMT-7)
Post Edited (ct0719) : 2/28/2007 7:07:59 AM (GMT-7)
I just joined this site after searching for people with similar experiences with Lexapro. I have been on it for 4 months, went from 10 to 20 mgs. and am doing pretty well with it. As for drinking while on Lexapro, from my own personal experiences, (unfortunately there have been more than one,) my tolerance for alcohol is much lower than before and if I have more than 2 or 3 drinks I get extremely sick. Vomitting for hours, depressed beyond belief, dizzy, wierd and sick feeling all over. I feel it is dangerous to do this based on my experiences nad have used poor judgement due to social pressures and situations where I felt I could have more than a few drinks because I didn't feel sick or "too drunk". Then it hits you--hard, suddenly and you're sick as hell.
I advise not to start the medication until after your partying is over. Then take it easy. It's not worth it at all. Very scary, never been that sick before.
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