I'm trying to stop drinking and my Dr has prescribed me Citalopram, started on 10mg, now on 40mg within a short space of time. My medical history should state that i'm a heavy drinker but i haven't admitted to this recently. How much of an affect would alcohol have on Citalopram effectiveness?
12 May 2010
Alcohol - Although citalopram did not potentiate the cognitive and motor effects of alcohol in a clinical trial, as with other psychotropic medications, the use of alcohol by depressed patients taking Celexa is not recommended
Avoid alcohol. In clinical trials in Major Depressive Disorder, there were increased reports of hostility and suicide-related ...
Additionally, the progression of major depression is associated with a worsening of ... There is a slight chance that Celexa will trigger a manic episode. ... Possible food and drug interactions when taking Citalopram hydrobromide ... Nevertheless, it's considered unwise to combine Celexa with alcohol.
9 Feb 2012
If you are trying to stop drinking and perhaps are having trouble doing so why don't you visit the Sober24.com website which is both useful and informative. Alcohol is a major depressant and defeats the purpose of antidepressants. I am not a qualified practitioner to answer on side effects. I feel your doctor would most definitely not prescribe Citalopram to replace alcohol or in the event to assist with any withdrawals just the depression part you told them about therefore I would suggest you discuss any alcohol issue with him/her.
Bestest to you, Aud1
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