... not sleep and I have thoughts such as I cant control myself and I will come mad and crazy is this related that am drinking alcohol or I have to contact my doctor
Sometimes people are warned to avoid alcohol while taking Prozac (fluoxetine hydrochloride). This is because alcohol and medicines like Prozac act upon similar chemicals in the brain. The concern is that Prozac will increase the effects of alcohol -- whether this means increasing symptoms of depression or affecting motor skills.
When many doc/pharmacists are asked whether or not it is okay to drink alcohol while on Prozac, they recommend that people choosing to drink should only drink light to moderate amounts -- and should also wait until they understand the effects that Prozac and other medicines they are taking may have on their body.
When doc/pharmacist recommend moderate alcohol drinking, they mean 1 drink a day for women and 2 drinks a day for men. Because the alcohol content in drinks varies, what counts as one drink also varies. When doc/pharmacists talk about 1 alcoholic drink, they are referring to one of the following examples:
12 ounces of beer; 5 ounces of wine; 1 ounces of 80-proof whiskey, or 1 ounce of 100-proof spirits.
If a person decides to drink alcohol in moderation while on Prozac, it is recommended that they do not drink alcohol at the same time that they take their medication. Also, people should learn the effects of Prozac on their body before they begin drinking. Prozac may affect some people's ability to perform certain functions, such as driving a car or operating machinery.
You should talk with your doc/pharmacist who prescribed the med about alcohol and Prozac. This is because everyone's situation is different, and the doc/pharmacist understands your situation best. Based on what you want and expect (as well as your current health situation), you and your doc/pharmacist can perhaps make a shared decision about alcohol and Prozac.
Take care, be well & safe.
- Prozac Information for Consumers
- Prozac Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Prozac (detailed)
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