Lexapro and alcohol?

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   Posted 12/28/2008 7:31 PM (GMT -6)   
I've been taking a very low dosage of Lexapro (5 mg) for a little over 3 weeks, and since new years eve is quickly approaching I want to consider whether or not to have a few drinks. I'm not a heavy drinker, and I haven't had any side effects with the medicine (a little drowsy when I started taking it), so I was wondering if a few of ya'll could share some of your advice/experiences?


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   Posted 12/29/2008 5:44 AM (GMT -6)   

i personally wouldnt risk it. i dont touch alcohol as it messes with my antidepressants and my mood/nerves etc. each to their own, and you have to choose your own path, but you asked for advice, and mine is to avoid alcohol while medicated, no matter how low the dose is. plus- you dont need to drink to have fun, although i totally understand, its new years, you want to let your hair down etc.

thats my 2 cents

Maz XX

p.s alcohol also being a depressant, can drag your system right down.

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   Posted 12/29/2008 9:23 AM (GMT -6)   
Mazz is right,

Alcohol is a depressant and can make you very depressed even if you don't drink much. I too agree with the not drinking thing. You don't have to drink to have a good time, though it is hard to be around others who are drinking when you are sober. Though you get to see how people really act when you are sober. I hope that you can stay away from alcohol. It is your choice, but I don't recommend it.

Best wishes for a happy and healthy new year. It sure is approaching fast.

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   Posted 1/16/2009 7:15 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm not going to say this is the right thing to do but I've gone on binge drinking episodes many times while taking 20 mg of lexapro a day  For some reason it didnt bother me that there have been times when my quad muscles have twitched (you may even call it violently.)  This twitching, however, has never occured with alcohol and lexapro alone.  You may find it amazing but it has just now come to my attention that leg convulsions may be a reason to stop.
I have never felt anything abnormal about drinking and lexapro though and I have gone on some pretty serious drinking binges.  I suppose that it is possible that I have done something to myself without my awareness?
I am currently on 5mg/day.
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   Posted 1/16/2009 7:53 PM (GMT -6)   

Welcome to HealingWell and the Depression Forum.

Check out this thread on the same topic as you have posted for some good advice.


My best advice is to see about getting help with your drinking issues.  Drugs and alcohol do not mix IMHO.

I hope you stick with us and we can help you through this rough time.



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   Posted 1/18/2009 10:31 AM (GMT -6)   

Welcome to healingwell. I have and still am struggling with alcohol abuse and agree with what the other members say about alcohol not mixing with medication, alcohol is a depressant and ends up causing you more problems so if you can I would recommend that you do not drink whilst on medication.

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