Pristiq and Alcohol

Using Caution Consuming Alcohol With Pristiq

If a person decides to drink alcohol in moderation while taking Pristiq, it is recommended that they not drink alcohol at the same time they take their Pristiq dosage. Also, a person should learn how this medication affects their body before they begin drinking. In some cases, Pristiq may affect a person's ability to perform certain functions, such as driving a car or operating machinery.
Always choose to drink in a "safe" situation where you know you will receive help if you experience problems.

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 alcoholic drink, they are referring to one of the following examples:
  • 12 ounces of beer
  • 5 ounces of wine
  • 1½ ounces of 80-proof whiskey
  • 1 ounce of 100-proof spirits.

Talking With Your Healthcare Provider About Pristiq and Alcohol

Do not be afraid to discuss this issue with your healthcare provider. 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, the two of you can make a shared decision about alcohol and Pristiq.
This medication is not recommended for people who drink large amounts of alcohol on a regular basis, as this may increase the risk of liver problems.
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