A few drinks may seem like a good way to relieve a gnawing sense of anxiety or depression. But the truth is that alcohol always takes more than it gives—and mixing alcohol with Lexapro, or with any other antidepressants, can be downright dangerous.
Mixing Lexapro and Alcohol
Drinking on Lexapro is not advised for the majority of people that are prescribed Lexapro. There are circumstances, however, when someone’s doctor may say that an occasional drink of alcohol is O.K.
The only way to know for sure is to have a conversation with your doctor, who is familiar with your unique medical history and individual circumstances.
With that said, there are certain risks that apply to everyone whenever alcohol and Lexapro are concerned. It’s also true that, the higher your dose of Lexapro, the more likely is it that you will experience negative side effects from mixing the two. (The maximum dose prescribed is usually 20 mg.)
Drinking on Lexapro may actually increase feelings of depression or anxiety—and can even be severe enough to cause suicidal thoughts. Drowsiness is another possible side effect.
Alcohol can also cause Lexapro’s side effects to intensify, including nausea, insomnia, dry mouth and diarrhea.
The Link Between Alcoholism and Depression
Another factor to consider is that those who suffer from depression are twice as likely to experience problems with abusing alcohol.
If your goal is to feel better, it seems clear that most people on antidepressants would benefit from avoiding regular drinking, especially if you’re feeling depressed or anxious.
The occasional glass of wine at dinner? A beer while watching the game with friends? It may be OK for you—and it may not. But that decision should be informed by a conversation with your doctor.
Lastly, if you find that you can’t control or limit your drinking, it may be time to consider getting help.
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