According to the Lexapro (escitalopram oxalate) manufacturer, drinking alcohol while on Lexapro is not recommended. Because medicines and alcohol act upon similar chemicals in the brain, the concern is that Lexapro will increase the effects of alcohol -- whether this is increasing depression symptoms or affecting motor skills.
When many healthcare providers are asked whether it is okay to drink alcohol while on Lexapro, they recommend that if a person chooses to drink, he or she should drink only light-to-moderate amounts. He or she should also drink alcohol only after fully understanding the effects that Lexapro (and other medicines he or she is taking) may have on the body.
When healthcare providers recommend moderate alcohol drinking, they mean one drink a day for women and two drinks a day for men. Because the alcohol content in drinks varies, what counts as one drink also varies. However, healthcare providers have some general guidelines about what counts as one drink. Each of the drinks listed below is an example of one alcoholic drink:
12 ounces of beer
5 ounces of wine
1½ ounces of 80-proof whiskey or 1 ounce of 100-proof spirits.
If you decide to drink alcohol in moderation while on Lexapro, it is recommended that you not drink alcohol at the same time as you take your Lexapro. Also, it is important to learn the effects of Lexapro on your body before you begin drinking. Lexapro may affect some individuals' ability to perform certain functions, such as driving a car or operating machinery.
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