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Old 06-12-2007, 06:33 AM   #1
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sorry for my ignorance, but why is it so bad to drink on anti depressants? how much is ok to drink on them?

 
Old 06-12-2007, 06:53 AM   #2
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It is my understanding that alcohol will intensive the effects of the drugs and/or alcohol. Also, I think there are adverse side effects depending on the exact drug itself. As for how much is ok to drink, for some you can't really at all. I would talk to your doctor and ask. I did and I was told for my meds an occasional drink is ok. Like a drink at dinner with friends. Nothing crazy like bar hopping and such.

So talk to your doc and they can give you a better answer suited for your exact drug(s)

 
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Old 06-12-2007, 07:27 AM   #3
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All I can tell you is what I've experienced personally. I know that if I have more than a couple of drinks then I feel tired & cranky for 3 or 4 days. And if I get drunk, I normally end up crying in a bathroom somewhere before the end of the night. Basically I keep my alcohol consumption to a minimum.

 
Old 06-12-2007, 10:47 AM   #4
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You're shooting yourself in the foot. Alcohol is a depressant.

 
Old 06-12-2007, 02:03 PM   #5
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Yep, alcohol is a depressant, so it makes you MORE depressed. I know this first hand... After years of abusing alcohol. Like mycat, I am depressed for 3 days or so just after drinking a lot. So, I don't do that anymore... No way.

Anyway, it also makes you more tired when you're on ADs and drink alcohol. Makes you "buzzed" faster? Effects of too many drinks come on quicker.
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Old 06-12-2007, 05:04 PM   #6
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My face would go total red just after 2 pints, I can normally drink a lot without feeling anything, but a bit hot. Anyway, I got drunk last week, then I started crying to my friends, I was reall dizzy but couldnt sleep, so I took to sedative my doc gave me to help sleeping, then I got totally manic and over excited, started annoying my friend on MSN at like 3am, I was totally totally overly excited, and with all those creative ideas of how to commit suicide and self harm, I passed out in the end. Then I was bloody high for 2 whole days just randomly laughing and annoying people... that was actually quite fun... but honestly, I try to avoid drinking a lot, but sometimes I just cant say no to a couple of drinks after a long day, you know...

 
Old 06-12-2007, 06:22 PM   #7
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Personally, I stay away from booze. As other folks said, alcohol is a depressant...... likely cancelling out the ad.

 
Old 06-12-2007, 07:37 PM   #8
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i am on cymbalta and i guess i'm shooting myself in the foot. cheers for the info.

 
Old 06-13-2007, 09:22 PM   #9
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I've been on antidepressants, lots of different ones for the last 5 years straight and I drink every single day....usually only wine. I can't calm down at night and I don't want to increase my Xanax, that scares me more than the alcohol. I just need to sleep and I don't know anyother way how. Nothing bad has ever hapened to me and my Dr said my liver is great but just don't over do it. HTH

 
Old 06-14-2007, 06:44 PM   #10
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all i can say is that even a glass of wine makes me very sad and tired and down, and thats not where i want to be, i would not drink if your already a depressed person, it makes things worse. hope this helps.

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Old 06-14-2007, 10:25 PM   #11
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Re: +alcohol

Just out of curiousity-when do you all take your meds if you are planning to drink that night? I usually take mine right before bed and I have never drank on my meds, but I would like to have an occasional glass of wine. Should I take my meds earlier in the day if I want to have a drink at night?

 
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Just out of curiousity-when do you all take your meds if you are planning to drink that night? I usually take mine right before bed and I have never drank on my meds, but I would like to have an occasional glass of wine. Should I take my meds earlier in the day if I want to have a drink at night?
I'm not sure. What do you take? Have you asked your Dr? I take my antidepressants in the morning and the Xanax just before bedtime. Antidepressants seem to give me the insomnia.

 
Old 06-15-2007, 12:12 PM   #13
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I take Luvox and occasionally Xanax. My doctor always says to take it before bed, but I know a lot of people take their meds during the day. I just wouldn't want to be taking medication anytime near when I would be drinking. I would want to have about 8 hours between the two.

 
Old 06-19-2007, 03:25 PM   #14
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i usually take mine at night, so i will change that up. i can't believe you people take xanax when i did i was out of it for days

 
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