Hello I am 23 and recently started taking Prozac. I have been on it for roughly three and a half weeks. I never drink. The last time I had any alcohol was two years ago. But it is a hot night and I suddenly got the craving for a beer. Is it okay to drink this? Would it affect the way the Prozac is supposed to build up in your body?
Drinking one beer on Prozac (fluoxetine)?
Question posted by Haylums on 3 July 2017
Last updated on 5 July 2017 by arabianhorselover
In my experience, Prozac can increase the affects of the alcohol. Just be careful.
Haylums; No but keep several hours from the Prozac and you should be fine the Interaction that is popping up is because Prozac is an anti-depressant, and Beer is a depressant. As long as your not turning one on you well be fine. Chuck1957 But rule of thumb is to limit any alcohol with Antidepressant.
There is a interaction checker at the top of this site page. There is a MODERATE interaction between Prozac and alcohol. Below is what it states.
"Applies to: Prozac (fluoxetine), Alcohol (contained in alcoholic beverages) (ethanol)
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."
Alcohol is also a depressant. If you are using Prozac for depression it may defeat the purpose of taking it.
I sincerely doubt that having a beer will affect the effects of Prozac.
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