Re: Lexapro and Alcohol
I am on lexapro as well as an allergy medicine, both of which say not to drink. I asked my doctor and she said that the main effect that alcohol will have with the medications (not all medications, just the ones that I asked about) is that you get more drunk faster. She said that she has some patients who were heavy drinkers and didn't have any changes at all when they started taking the meds. She recommended for me (since I had never drank before) that I start off with half of a drink very slowly. Basically, just take it very slow and keep track of how you feel. Don't feel like you have to finish your drink. Of course, it is always advisable to talk to your doctor first, etc...
Also about alcohol and anxiety... In August I moved, and therefore had to get a new doctor. She switched me from Prozac to Lexapro because Lexapro is better for anxiety. I asked her if I would still be able to drink with the Lexapro like I could with the Prozac, and she said yes, but asked me why. My answer was that I generally need a drink to relax at parties or in large groups. That was when she convinced me that I needed to switch to the Lexapro for anxiety. So I guess the moral of the story is to remember what your motivations are for drinking and do it for the right reasons, not just for temporary relief of social anxiety. Anyway, it was just sort of one of those epiphany moments for me, so I thought I'd share.