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   Posted 2/18/2008 9:23 PM (GMT -6)   
As I have been be laboring you guys with it I will just give a reminder, I have been taking Lexapro for 3 weeks and doing well, still taking Klonopin but cutting back.  I have a question...I have never been a big drinker, I have perhaps 1-2 glasses of wine or 1-2 martinis on weekends.  This never was an issue when I was taking the Klonopin alone (1mg tops) and If I felt I had over indulged a bit I simply would not take any that night, I don't want to die or anything. HOWEVER...now that I am on the Lex any alcohol (I mean even a small glass of wine) makes me  sick as hell!  I mean I  went to a party last weekend and had 3 glasses, was a bit tipsy and woke up with vertigo and tremors! This is new...I had 2 glasses of wine last night, 2! And have felt like I got hit by a truck!  I slept for 3 Hours this afternoon and feel like I want to go to bed now, its barley 9pm! Wow, needless to say I don't think drinking on this stuff is a good idea, even in small amounts.  Has anyone else experienced similar things? 
Thanks as always!

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   Posted 2/18/2008 9:28 PM (GMT -6)   
I felt like that when i started on my Lexapro... it took about 2 months before I could handle more than a drink or two. It was awful... I would just feel DEMENTED on a couple drinks... and then after a few months it simmered down.

So just lay off the glasses of wine ( I know.. I love my wine too lol), and let the medication take effect for you.


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   Posted 2/18/2008 9:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi BadG i felt the exact same way if i drank when i was taking Paxil! I couldnt hardly tolerate any alcohol and i felt sick as a dog the next day,, sorta like you described.Vertigo and tremors.You know they say you are not suppose to drink while taking these meds but i think alcohol is more tolerable with some than others.When i was on zoloft i could take as many drinks as i wanted and would be ok.However it didnt take alot to get me intoxicated. Like Twiggy said maybe you havent been on it long enough.Maybe once you've been on it a little longer it want be as bad. But i was on the paxil for about 3 years and it still never got better. Lexapro may be one of those that you cant really drink on.

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   Posted 2/19/2008 10:20 AM (GMT -6)   
I am a Lexapro user (likely for life), its changed my life dramatically for the better. Also learnt the hard way it doesn't mix with alchohol. I probably could have found this out by reading - but used to enjoy a cocktail. I had one martini (awhile back) and couldn't remember how we got to the car - thank God I wasn't the driver. I'm sure I was a lovely sloppy drunk that evening. I even found myself in the restaurant kitchen looking for the ladies room. I won't be repeating that good idea again. For me - Lexapro & alcohol don't mix. Hope this helps.


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   Posted 2/19/2008 10:26 AM (GMT -6)   

Hey All,

You knew the preacher would show up sooner or later......... devil
Avoid drinking alcohol, which can increase some of the side effects of Lexapro.

Hugs to all


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   Posted 2/19/2008 11:09 AM (GMT -6)   

Oh yes, but avoid alcohol is pretty much listed with every medication.  Alas I had to learn the truth of this the hard way!  Sigh...I shall not drink...now how do I say "No, I can't drink because I am taking medication"  wonder what sorts of reactions I will get from my friends?  Oh well, its my life not theirs! nono

Thanks again for your replies!

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