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Alcohol and Lexapro: What Does the Research Say?

Drinking alcohol while on Lexapro does not seem to increase the mental and motor skills impairments caused by alcohol in normal subjects taking Lexapro. However, the effects of alcohol and Lexapro in those with depression or generalized anxiety disorder have not been studied. This is one reason for caution with alcohol and Lexapro.

Using Caution with Alcohol and Lexapro

If you decide to drink alcohol in moderation while on Lexapro, it is recommended that you not drink alcohol at the same time as you take your Lexapro. Also, it is important to learn the effects of Lexapro on your body before you begin drinking. Lexapro may affect some individuals' ability to perform certain functions, such as driving a car or operating machinery.

Talking With Your Healthcare Provider About Alcohol and Lexapro

You should talk with your healthcare provider about alcohol and Lexapro. This is because everyone's situation is different, and your healthcare provider understands yours 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 your intake of alcohol while on Lexapro.
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