Wondering if I could have a beer it 2 tonight?? Thank you!!
Lexapro (escitalopram) is a drug prescribed for the treatment of depression and anxiety.
Generally doctors recommend that it's best to avoid combining Lexapro and other antidepressants with alcohol. This is because alcohol can make depression worse and can counteract the benefits of Lexapro. The combination may worsen your symptoms, and it can be dangerous as it may lead to some people having an increase in suicidal thoughts.
Drinking alcohol may also worsen some of the side effects of Lexapro including drowsiness and dizziness. This is because alcohol can also cause these side effects.
For some people taking Lexapro it may be safe to have a small amount of alcohol occasionally. It is recommended you drink slowly and have it with food.
You should talk to your doctor before taking alcohol.
All the literature on ssri/snri antidepressants do not advise any alcohol intake while on those particular meds. I'm pretty sure it has to do with your liver metabolism of the Lexapro and the extra work your liver would have with a few beers on top of that. Knowing that and knowing that you can't live without a liver, why stress it? The best option for you and the racetrack trip just might be water or a pop, soda, coke (depending where you are). Have a great time at the races, it's your life, just gave you some information.
I guess that if you wish to risk it you had better think about what size drink you are saying. A 20 ounce beer is three drinks, right? one drink pushes the limit.
I believe antidepressants and alcohol can cause respiratory failure. And the whole liver failure comes along the way too. Never can predict how the body is going to handle something this time.
Medications have a half life. That means that by the time you take your next dose, the last dose is only half gone. so you will always have medication in you. That means there is never a time when the medicine is not present.
My experience with drinking while taking SSRI's (which lexapro is as others have said) is that you get sick really fast. I drank what I could normally drink before I started Prozac (another SSRI) years ago when I was like 21 & after the 1st time I drank what I would normally drink while on prozac, I threw up all night. So I wouldn't risk it. I never drank with my SSRI's again. Horrible experience. Wish you the best. Have fun.
It's generally best to avoid combining Lexapro and alcohol.
Drinking alcohol can increase certain side effects, such as drowsiness and impair your thinking or reactions.
You might be best to find out how you react to alcohol in a more secure environment first.
The odd drink every now and then is probably fine.
I used to take lexapro for years and drank regularly and sometimes (at festivals) quite alot, never had any bad effects other than the hangovers and i suppose mood, but i never knew about all these possible effects of these interactions, but i suppose poeple are different, i also was a heavier weight then too, i also have know idea what shape my liver & kidneys are in, after reading this i maybe get that checked, but i would doubt a 2-3 bottles of beer would be more than your body could handle, but thats just an opinion.
Hi, ok I want to point out that I drink 2x a week while taking 10 mg of lexapro for a year now, and I have never had an issue. The only thing that possibly happens is feeling very depressed the next day (but this is expected, since alchol=depressant) Its just something you have to deal with as a trade off. Im a college girl, small, and I probably have 3 drink every time I go out. Not a lot, but I do drink. Also, i have found the TYPE of alcohol matters-- clear=good; dark alc=bad.
A lot of these posts are saying to never drink, but I do not think its a big deal to have alcohol in moderation. Even my psychiatrist said its ok, as long as its in moderation and you just monitor how you feel. Its different for everyone, but one beer will most likely have no effect.
I would definitely ask your doctor first before having ANY alcohol. I take 30mg of lexapro once a day, as well as 450mg WelbutrinXL. My doctor said it was ok for me to have 1 drink a day. Meaning one drink in a 24 hour time period. Also, my doctor did NOT mean a Long Island Iced Tea! ;P For example, a single vodka soda, rum and coke, glass of wine, standard bottle of beer., etc. Every once in a while I can have 2, depending on how I feel, i.e. how much I have eaten, slept, my state of mind, etc. I discussed this very openly and thoroughly with my doctor first, BEFORE I drank ANY alcohol at all. Obviously, we are all different, and what's ok for me, might not be ok for you. Take Care!
Drinking with lexapro is not a fun idea. I'm only on 5 mg tablets and I barely drank a few cans of mikes hard lemonade, and it was honestly a weird and unsatisfying experience. The alcohol really heightened the anxiety and paranoia for me, but I was also getting minor auditory hallucinations because I had been doing a lot of psychedelic substances before.
- Lexapro Information for Consumers
- Lexapro Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Lexapro (detailed)
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