Cirpalex and Alcohol/ weight gain?

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   Posted 4/21/2009 12:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Hullo, I'm a 19 year old Canadian University student. I have been having panic attacks for a few years now, and today I was prescribed Cirpalex by the Dr. on campus for an anxiety disorder. First, I'm not a big drinker, but as a university student, it's obviously going to happen some. Can anyone give me any advice on how this drug will react with alcohol? Or if I should just avoid it all together? Also, I read that it may cause weight gain? Does anyone have any experience with this?

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   Posted 4/21/2009 10:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi WolfMan,

I don't take Cirpalex myself, but hopefully some of the members will be able to advise you on their experiences. You can also do a search (blue bar near top of page) to see if others have posted about this med and the side effects. Welcome to the forum - I think you'll find it to be a supportive group of people!

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   Posted 4/22/2009 8:07 AM (GMT -6)   
Well I hate to sound all Mom on you, but I really don't think it is smart to drink on these types of meds. I would think it could cause problems, such as John Wu said about increasing the effects of the alchohol. Maybe as a younger person that sounds great, but please do try to be responsible with your medications. Good luck!
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   Posted 4/22/2009 8:25 AM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to HealingWell and the A & P forum.  I do not recommend taking drugs and alcohol together.  It is never a good combo.
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   Posted 4/22/2009 11:49 AM (GMT -6)   

I have problems with alcohol and from my experience I would say do not drink alcohol whilst taking antidepressant medication as you will end up with more problems and make your anxiety/depression a lot worse. It is your choice as you are an adult but I have been down this road and have caused myself a lot of problems due to alcohol abuse so please take care and as Nanners said be responsible whilst taking your medication.

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   Posted 4/22/2009 12:40 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm with Nanners on this one......I hate to sound like your mom, but,.....don't drink. I don't see how passing up alcohol is such a difficult decision. If you can't go without drinking or feel your life needs the "high", then I suggest you see a therapist or go to rehab.

The anxiety and stress is difficult to deal with on its own without adding further problems. Your health is the most important thing you have. You guys are in college. You're learning things about the world, but missing the important fact that your life will not be easy if you continue acting irresponsibly.

Take your medication as instructed. Don't drink. Take care of your health and stop trying to sabotage your happiness. P.S. I'm not a doctor. I don't mean to sound angry, but I care about all you guys and wish you'd take better care of yourselves!
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