Antidepressants and Alcohol

Using Caution With Antidepressants and Alcohol

If you decide to drink alcohol in moderation while on an antidepressant, it is recommended that you first learn how the medication affects you. Antidepressants may affect your ability to perform certain functions, such as driving a car or operating machinery. Combining alcohol with an antidepressant may increase these effects, causing problems such as drowsiness, dizziness, slow reaction times, or even passing out. You will probably not be able to "handle" the same amount of alcohol you have been able to drink in the past.
The first time you combine alcohol with an antidepressant, be sure to do so in a safe situation, in the company of someone you trust.

Talking With Your Healthcare Provider About Antidepressants and Alcohol

You should talk with your healthcare provider about alcohol and antidepressants. This is because everyone's situation is different, and your healthcare provider understands your situation best. Based on what you want and expect, as well as your current health situation, you and your healthcare provider can make a shared decision about alcohol and antidepressants. Remember, it is best to avoid combining alcohol with an antidepressant. However, if you choose to do so, it is important to do so in the safest way possible.
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