I have just been prescribed .50mg of Zoloft for anxiety. According to the documents that came with the medication it says to not have alcohol while taking this medication. I am not a big drinker at all but there are a few occasions where I like to have a few drinks with family for the holidays and what not. Since this is an every day medication does this mean that I have to cut out alcohol completely forever or can I not take the medication on days where I know I may have a couple drinks? I am a very cautious person when it comes to things like this and I just want to make sure I am understanding it correctly. Hopefully someone can help me out. Thanks.
heh i can get messed up and im on 200mg of zoloft. the alcohol will strengthen any drug you take including the zoloft there for to prevent a mixing of substance producing an overdose or bad reactions they put that warning on it. the chances (especualy at that dose) of anything really happening with this medication and alcohol are very very very low. now benzodiazepines and barbituates on the other hand can be fatal (opiates too but not as much so)
I can tell you my experience only... and trust me, it is far from a medical professional. :)
My pdoc knows and has "approved" for me to have two drinks a day since I have been on it a year. You should just wait to see how it affects you first, then try just a little bit of drink... to test... next time a bit more... but don't go too much further.
I have found, that when I have over indulged (rarely-but def have), I end up in severe depression for a few days... uncontrollable. And it is not from disappointment or anything... just purely a chemical depression from the interaction of meds.
That is my two cents and far away from medical advice-just my experience.
Hope all goes well.
Do not interrupt dose/day to be able to drink alcohol. In general, a drink or two should not cause any ill effects if done just every now and then. Just do not do more nor do it frequently
I, too, believe in moderation, the drinks don't hurt. I would not leave the pills off. I take my pills in the morning, so, I'm not mixing right on top of the other. Still, in moderation. My grandson is getting married in May and I do want the celebration drink to a great future for him and his future wife.
- Zoloft Information for Consumers
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