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Old 01-22-2008, 10:35 PM   #1
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Drinking on Prozac with depression

Ok- so I was recently diagnosed with panic and anxiety disorder brought on by depression. I was given a perscription for 10 mg's of Prozac. I have now been taking it for about 3 months. I think that I may need to change it, because I still have depression and scary thoughts.
I am 28 and single. We are told to continue to be social with depression- and honestly 28, single and social means drinking. I get panic attacks the day after I drink- but the alcohol makes me usually forget my depression and I have fun while I am out. I know drinking isn't good for you, and especially on prozac- but if I stay in each night I will go crazy (more crazy than normal )
Also- I like to have about 3-5 drinks, I know you are supposed to have 1. I have cut down the days I drink, and I am cutting back on smoking and I drink less when I go out than I used to.
My question is is this ok? Am I going to really get worse, or is there something I can do? I have read other peoples threads about the jitteriness they get when they drink- I get that too. A dizzy feeling that lasts all the night and most of the next day. I really enjoy going out to the bars or having wine with my friends occasionally and want to know if this is OK?

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Old 01-23-2008, 11:17 AM   #2
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Re: Drinking on Prozac with depression

If you've been taking it for 3 months and you feel it's still not working good, it might just be time for an increase in your dose. Regarding the drinking, I used to drink and tried early on to drink while on antidepressants. Bad decision, it made me suicidal. My dose was low at the time, too, 10-20mgs. Bottom line, alcohol is a depressant and it will counteract the meds, no matter what people tell you. Also, you can't just not take your meds one night because you want to drink. I tried that, too. The effects caught up with me fast and they weren't pretty. If you truly want to get better, don't drink while on meds. I will say this, though: After being on Prozac, my desire to drink diminished and I was still very social and could still have a good time when I went out without drinking a drop of alcohol.

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Old 01-23-2008, 01:34 PM   #3
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Re: Drinking on Prozac with depression

The pp is right about alcohol being a depressant and counteracting meds. Depression and alcohol don't mix.

Old 01-23-2008, 02:34 PM   #4
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Re: Drinking on Prozac with depression

Ditto what's been said so far, Hollywood. And 10 mg. is half a starting dose. Talk to your doctor. As Kittywitty said, possibly an increase is in store--that'd be my guess. Prozac's published dose range is 20-80 mg.

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