is it ok for me to have a few drinks this weekend when i just started taking zoloft. ive only zoloft for 2 days and its only 25 mg. I only want to drink because of a special occasion this weekend is it ok or is it too dangerous.
19 May 2011
I think it really depends on your drinking habits. If you can drink and only have like two then you should be fine, if you are likely to drink more than that I would refrain from drinking at all. The following is the warning for taking Zoloft and consuming alcohol:
sertraline ↔ ethanol
Applies to: Zoloft (sertraline), Alcohol (contained in alcoholic beverages) (ethanol)
GENERALLY AVOID: Alcohol may potentiate some of the pharmacologic effects of CNS-active agents. Use in combination may result in additive central nervous system depression and impairment of judgment, thinking, and psychomotor skills.
MANAGEMENT: Patients receiving CNS-active agents should be warned of this interaction and advised to avoid or limit consumption of alcohol. Ambulatory patients should be counseled to avoid hazardous activities requiring complete mental alertness and motor coordination until they know how these agents affect them, and to notify their physician if they experience excessive or prolonged CNS effects that interfere with their normal activities.
Hope this helps,
20 May 2011
Hello Whaley! It sounds like you will be having a great time this weekend. I worked at a community mental health center as a psychiatric nurse for 16 years. The question about aclohol came up often by the patients in medication group. The psychiatrist would tell anyone with a alcohol/substance abuse problem not to drink alcohol at all. He also said that if you cannot astain from drinking, that you need to have just one. So, I agreed with him, but, I advise you not to drink because you have just started your medication Drinking may interfere with you and your doctor knowing if your medication is working. Also, if you consume alot of alcohol, you may experience harmful side effects. I am sure that you will have a good time at the party without drinking. I hope this is helpful in some way. I wish you the best. Sweetie Pie
20 May 2011
Hello whaley0121. The other members have covered it well. Not much to add, I was on zoloft. My dose at the time was in the area of 250mg. I seldom drink for the simple reason that I've always been on medications in combination form. Two or three, so its a dangerous game, the possibilty of interactions that can severely harm me are very real and possible. To be safe, and better safe than sorry, honestly, don't. You might have a severe allergic reaction and that would or could be rather, very damaging to say the least. Remember, its almost a golden rule, how meds effect one, do not or might not effect the other in the same. all the best.
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