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manic depressive
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   Posted 2/5/2007 11:32 AM (GMT -7)   
Will drinking alcohol while taking lexapro , lamictal and seroquil cause progression of mental illness?, Or do they say not to drink because of liver issues?
Im not an alcoholic, but when i have extreme manic episodes i sometimes turn to the bottle.... although i have not known about my bipolar very long about 4 months since i was released from the phyc. ward for trying to kill myself. Im still trying to find the right combo of meds for me, in fact im extreamly maic right now as im typing. My psychiatrist should call me when she gets back in, i said it was an emergancy, i feel like im losing my mind.
I guess im asking would it hurt me to drink alcohol to calm down right now?

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   Posted 2/5/2007 8:52 PM (GMT -7)   
should you drink alcohol while on meds?  the answer is one word:  NOT ONLY NO BUE HE** NO!  woops, that's more than one word, isn't it?  sorry.  devil
the problem isn't only your liver, although that is a consideation. alcohol, as you know and as you have been using it, is a depressant.  if a person drinks enough alcohol, they will die.  this is what sometimes happens with binge drinking.  this is with alcohol alone.  drugs make the problem a lot more complex.  it is a function of the amount of booze and the amount of drugs as well as the time lapse between one and the other. it is also a function of body fat (ladies, you have it over us men on this one) if you take lithium, which is a mood stabelizer, and then dink two six packs, it is possible that the combination may cause your heart rate to slow and your breathing to slow to unsustainable levels.
i am far from a temperance member.  because i take morphene for chronic constant debilitating back pain, i don't even have the occational glass of wine that my wife and i used to enjoy with supper.  but if you want to have a beer or a glass of wine, check it out with your pdoc.  before i went on the morphene, my pdoc said that an occational drink wouldn't kill me.  just  be very careful of self-medicating by using alcohol as a drug.
hope this clarifies things a bit and helps you.  ask your pdoc.  they are usually straightforward.
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manic depressive
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   Posted 2/6/2007 6:23 AM (GMT -7)   
Well im not talking binge drinking. Like 1 or 6 glasses of wine lol... jk i dont drink much but im recently very tempted. Self disapline is very had somtimes.
DX: Bipolar type ll ~ rapid cycle / mixed episodes
Current medication: 150mg Lamictal, 200mg Seroquil

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   Posted 2/6/2007 9:43 AM (GMT -7)   
I concur with wmnck
NO drinking with meds .......IMHO
I have seen way to much happen to ppl on this path of destruction and it is IMHO.........
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   Posted 2/6/2007 12:20 PM (GMT -7)   

Manic - I've already been down that road and am not out of the woods yet. I am not on any meds but I have taken (yes taken , it is a drug) alcohol to calm me down , it may work in the short term but the consequenses are tenfold and you will end up using this tool more and more without thinking. I think alcohol should be enjoyed in moderation , not used to cover up feelings - no matter how bad......if you can't cope and your pdoc isn't getting round to you quick enough then pop your head in at ER.....drastic I know , but you will get seen at least.

I totally agree with Warren & Howlyncat aswell , drugs & alcohol are a no no too skull a lot of meds have to be at a fine balance to work , throw in a depressant (alcohol) and you'll be tailspinning.

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manic depressive
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   Posted 2/6/2007 2:21 PM (GMT -7)   
You guys are right, I wont have alcohol except a glass of wine with a nice dinner.
DX: Bipolar type ll ~ rapid cycle / mixed episodes
Current medication: 150mg Lamictal, 200mg Seroquil

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