can i drink while taking Lexapro?
Can i drink alcoholic drinks while taking 10mg of Lexapro every morning? Before i started taking Lexapro, i would drink, not alot, but i would drink like on weekends, taking shots and stuff, but i stopped, and i miss doing that, so can i drink stuff like that while taking the medicine? If i do, what will happen?
- Anonymous1 decade agoFavorite Answer
No, you can't.
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- Helen W.Lv 71 decade ago
Let's see. I have my bottle of Lexapro right here. It says--right there on the label--"do not drink alcoholic beverages while taking this medication."
So I think that's the answer. As to what will happen, well, I tried this once, years ago, although with Paxil rather than Lexapro. Long story short, I nearly lost my mind. It is not a good idea to drink when you are taking any SSRI!
- Anonymous1 decade ago
Ask your doc, this is a totally legitamite question. It depends a lot on if you have had any alcohol abuse problems and how your depression is. In my case, I have been told it is OK to have a glass of wine or a beer once in a while, but my docs have all known I am a tea-totaller and my depression symptoms might be different than yours. I haven't been on lexapro specifically, but cymbalta is similar, and I was told it was ok to have a glass of wine occasionally. Do talk to your doc about this, alcohol is a mood altering chemical, it is something that should be openly discussed, as should taking aspirin or ibuprofen or cold medicine with lexapro, and sexual side effects if you get them, weight gain, all that stuff. You have to be really honest to get the help you need.Source(s): I've had bipolar many years
- BooLv 41 decade ago
Im not a Dr. but I do advise drinking while taking and prescription drug .Especially a mood altering drug as Lexapro
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- Anonymous1 decade ago
alchohol is dangerous all by itself let alone mixing it with a medication. ive seen a few vegetables in the nursing home as a result of alcohol mixed with medications. call your pharmacist and ask. they will usually give you good advice on a medication and stuff like that. thats theyre area.
- 1 decade ago
Um, you should talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
Let them know how much and how often you drink and find out what the risks are. They won't think any worse of you! Then you can make the choice for yourself.