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If I drink alcohol will Fluoxetine still work?

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masso 12 Feb 2016

There are 2 alcohol/food/lifestyle interactions with fluoxetine which include:

FLUoxetine ↔ Alcohol (Ethanol)
Moderate Drug Interaction

Using FLUoxetine together with ethanol may increase side effects such as dizziness, drowsiness, confusion, and difficulty concentrating. Some people may also experience impairment in thinking, judgment, and motor coordination. You should avoid or limit the use of alcohol while being treated with FLUoxetine. Do not use more than the recommended dose of FLUoxetine, and avoid activities requiring mental alertness such as driving or operating hazardous machinery until you know how the medication affects you. Talk to your doctor if you have any questions or concerns. It is important to tell your doctor about all other medications you use, including vitamins and herbs. Do not stop using any medications without first talking to your doctor.

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Delila 12 Feb 2016

Hi, the problem is that alcohol is a depressant so it will work against the antidepressant effects. So although it's better to continue taking the medication than stop, it won't work as well as if you weren't drinking

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