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Many patients wonder if it is okay to take Celexa and alcohol at the same time. If your healthcare provider allows you to drink alcohol while on Celexa, it should be in moderate amounts and only after you are aware of the effects that the medication may have on your body.

Can I Drink Alcohol on Celexa?

Sometimes people are warned to avoid alcohol while taking Celexa® (citalopram hydrobromide). This is because alcohol and medicines like Celexa act upon similar chemicals in the brain. The concern is that the antidepressant will increase the effects of alcohol -- whether this means increasing symptoms of depression or affecting motor skills.
When many healthcare providers are asked whether it is okay to drink alcohol on Celexa, they recommend that if people choose to drink, they only drink light to moderate amounts, and only after they understand the effects that Celexa (and other medicines they are taking) may have on their body.

Alcohol and Celexa: What Is Moderate Drinking?

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. When healthcare providers talk about one alcohol drink, they are referring to one of the following examples:
  • 12 ounces of beer
  • 5 ounces of wine
  • 1 ounce of 80-proof whiskey, or 1 ounce of 100-proof spirits.

Using Caution With Alcohol and Celexa

If people decide to drink alcohol in moderation while on Celexa, it is recommended that they do not drink alcohol at the same time that they take their medication. Also, a person should learn the effects that Celexa will have on their body before they begin drinking. Celexa may affect some individuals' ability to perform certain functions, such as driving a car or operating machinery.
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