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The Dangers of Mixing Alcohol and Lexapro

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We all want to feel happy, calm and peaceful, but mixing antidepressants with alcohol isn’t the way to achieve it.

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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 it with antidepressants like Lexapro can be downright dangerous.

Can You Drink on Lexapro?

Most people on Lexapro are advised not to drink alcohol. There are circumstances, however, when someone’s doctor may say that an occasional drink 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. 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.)

Mixing the two may actually increase feelings of depression or anxiety—and can even be severe enough to cause suicidal thoughts. Drowsiness is another possible side effect.

Drinking while taking Lexapro can also cause Lexapro’s side effects to intensify, including nausea, insomnia, dry mouth and diarrhea.

Addiction and Depression

Another factor to consider is that those who suffer from depression are twice as likely to experience alcohol abuse or problems.

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 down 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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