Hi there! I am definitely one of those people that went online to search the topic of "consuming alcohol while taking lexapro". I suffer from panic attacks and some types of anxiety nothing severe therefore I am on 10mg of lexapro. I don't think anyone needs to seek out a new doctor just because they told you what they feel would be a good limit if you do choose to drink. A doctor is there to help you and they are not telling you to drink 3 beers, they are telling you if you were to "choose" to drink 3 should be your limit and to take it slow. I have questioned doctors, pharmicists and other people that have been on lexapro for years. The truth is it effects everyone differently. I am 23 years old and i enjoy going out and drinking once or twice on the weekends and in fact sometimes I go hard with out even realizing it because I am enjoying myself and having a good time with friends. I was also smart about
it too, I realized the whole reason I needed to be put on lexapro is because my anxiety was taking such a toll on me that it effected my daily routines and behavior. Therefore, you put off the partying for awhile, and get control of your life again with the medicine. Once you have accomplished control and you are feeling better and more confident that is when you can try a drink or two. The key is to test yourself on it, but if your someone who suffers from anxiety I wouldn't think about
it too much because it may result in some sort of panic attack. Instead, relax, have one or two see how you feel if you aren't noticing any changes have another but the first few times you drink I would really recommend taking it easy to allow your body to adjust to the medicine with the alcohol. The only true side effects of mixing the alcohol with lexapro is you fighting the medicine which results in maybe an increase in anxiety the next day or in some people's cases depression. Then there is the case of if you have one too many, you aren't paying attention to how much you drink and of COURSE you are going to get sick...trust me you will have a hangover like no other before this is why you need to be smart about
it and pace yourself. Believe it or not like some of the others said you end up saving more money because have 2 to 3 is more like 5-6 beers. Needless to say, I have been on lexapro since April! I feel great! I don't have any bad side effects and I drink atleast once or twice every weekend with friends and in fact the only time I suffer is when I go overboard which means for me 9 beers tho it is spread out over several hours it still stays with you due to the medicine. Good luck, I definitely recommend researching and asking doctors, pharmacists etc.
**PLEASE do not suggesst ppl mix the 2 .......Depending on your metabolism you could have very serious effects even death from mixing the 2 **
I lost a very very close friend from this ............LYN
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