Citalopram and alcohol

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Avatar n tn I have just started taking Citalopram for Depression and Anxiety in the last few weeks. I've forgotten again to ask my doctor whether I can drink taking the medication. My dose is 30mg per day at the minute if this has anything to do with it. I don't want to go on a binge drinking session I just want to know if I can have a few drinks pints when out. Can anybody with experience of taking Citalopram help me out with whether there are any effects?
Avatar f tn just made this profile as after two years of suffering depression I finally got the courage to go to the doctors yesterday and he said I had servere depression and anxiety and prescribed me on Citalopram 20mg .... Does anyone else take this? I'm doing this all alone, not told family or friends and I'm scared of doing this on my own.. Any advice from anyone who is/has been on Citalopram please?
Avatar n tn I'm taking Citalopram 30mg.I recently read online that you should not exercise straight after taking the tablet as if you do so your body will burn in off as energy and thus the medication will not be effective. As I have an anxiety disorder, reading something like this can be very distressing to me. I'm aware there is alot of wrong information online. So I just want to know if there is any truth behind this claim. Or can I take my dose and jump straight on the treadmill with no worries?.
Avatar m tn I've been having a problem for a few months and i'm wondering if it's my medication. I've been on and off citalopram for years and in recent years started self medicating (yes i'm an idiot) and also gone long stretches of not taking anything. i told the doctor and started all over again with 10mg for a months and then upped to 20mg 9 weeks ago.
Avatar f tn My partner is alcohol dependant and drinking between 10 and 14 bottles of beer every evening, then taking a 20mg dose of calitopram first thing in the morning. He was precribed it to stop his fitting and anxiety attacks. His doctor was not told how much alcohol he drinks. Is this going to his health worse?
Avatar n tn Trials conducted by the manufacturer on normal subjects did not worsen the cognitive and motor effects of alcohol when taken with Celexa, but as with other psychiatric medications, the use of alcohol by depressed patients taking Celexa is not recommended. I am concerned about the equilibrium being off and the fact that the headaches have lasted this long. This may have some physical basis other than alcohol or Celexa, eg. ear infection.
Avatar m tn I take 20mg of celexa every morning for anxiety. Anyways when I go to the bars and drink alcohol, I get the worst mental hangovers that linger for 2-3 days. I'll be fine that night, but the next day I will have terrible brain fog/confusion problems no matter how hydrated I am or what I eat.. I have been drinking on weekends since I was about 16. I cannot remember if the hangovers got this bad before or after i started anxiety medication.. . Could this be due to the celexa?
Avatar f tn I noticed that it said to not consume alcohol while on the drug but i am in university and if this drug works then chances are i'll be on it for a while... and alcohol consumption is inevitable. I was just wondering how bad the side effects are with alcohol? Thanks!
212401 tn?1193805392 I have 4 children , 3 girls from x and 1 boy from current husband.Iam currently on citalopram (antdepressant) for GAD and OCD.It seems the alcohol at night helps more than the pill and also im on blood pressure medication .
Avatar f tn When I started the Prozac, I also began psychotherapy and quit drinking alcohol. From time to time, over the first few months I would have a glass of wine, but each time, I would experience a mood swing (irritability, negativity, depression, and all the other fun stuff I was dealing with before I got on Prozac). A couple of weeks ago, my therapist and I decided I might be ready to try a glass of wine or two again (it had been 3 months and I had made a lot of progress).
363682 tn?1299492962 This may be a normal reaction of your body since hot and spicy meals as well as alcohol may cause dilation of blood vessels and increase the blood flow to the area which causes the flushing. However,it is best to have this assessed by your physician.Hormonal imbalance, an underlying allergic reaction,and certain medications may cause this. Have your cervical spine checked by your physician. A cervical spine headache may be a differential.
Avatar n tn I use citalopram and its been great. Gained a bit of weight but needed it. Not really any other side effects and I have been on it a year now.
Avatar m tn I drink plenty of water, eat healthy, exercise, vitamins etc etc... Obviously I drink much less and consider myself prudent compared to my male and female collegiate counterparts. I guess my concern is if there is some kinda accumulated brain damage I should be aware of? or if my anxiety medication Celexa may have something to do with this?? I have even gotten an MRI that my neurologist said "looked good on paper".
Avatar m tn Yes, citalopram and any other antidepressant can dampen down sexual libido and performance. It also does not help you drinking the vodka or any other alcohol. Any type of alcohol will make your depression much worse. It may give you a temporary well feeling, but then you will feel worse again. Smoking the drugs is also not a very wise thing to do. I do not know much about those drugs that you take, but do know that they can be or are addictive. Do you really want to feel well again?
Avatar n tn Last week i went to the doctor who said i had anxiety, i think it was just drug / alcohol withdrawl. Anyway they give me citalopram 20mg. I took that 3 times 1 a day over 3 days... The last dose now was 6 days ago. Anyway the first and third nights after i took it i had to go to A+E because my mind was going, I just can't remember anything and have very poor concentration... i thought i was going crazy. I've also be given 2x 2mg of valim to calm me down.
Avatar m tn She ordered some blood tests which showed raised liver enzymes with both ALT and GGT in the 90’s. She diagnosed me with seborrheic dermatitis on my face and scalp with chronic urticaria on my arms. I have been taking Fexofenadine for the chronic urticaria which is meant to burn itself out after 12 to 18 months. In March of last year I had my appendix removed after which the doctor described it as a nasty case of appendicitis with the appendix having a sloughy surface.
Avatar m tn I'd have the swaying and feeling like I'm falling or sinking sensations. Then one week I started having severe anxiety and panic attacks. My doctor upped my citalopram to 40 mg and my anxiety isn't as bad but I still get the vertigo feeling even though I stopped drinking. Actually I think the vertigo is what brings on my anxiety right now because it freaks me out when I feel like that.
Avatar m tn Also, I recommend doing other things to take your mind off the worry such as hobbies, meeting up with friends and exercising regularly to stay fit and sleep well. Avoid caffeine and junk food- unhealthiness makes you feel worse about things. Avois alcohol to reduce stress and it creates more depression which only exaggerates the anxiety. And yes cognitive behaviour therapy is a very good idea too- if you can- take a course.
Avatar n tn i have been on celexa (cipramil/citalopram)for 7 years and have continued to drink alcohol on a regular and sometimes excessive basis with no ill effects. Infact i checked with my doctor who said this was fine and i checked in the british national formulary which states no ill effects except that the effects of alcohol can be possibly enhanced by ssri use.
Avatar m tn I'm currently taking citalopram I have been for 3 months and feel no effect, I've also tried others. Interms of energy and physically getting about I no longer struggle, it was only prob the first 2 weeks. I've been back boxing and football and I've been doing cutting and doing my 50 foot garden lol, I am physically fit But when I'm doing it it's like I'm trapped in my forhead!
Avatar m tn stop all alcohol use and medications and adopt a regular exercise program and let's reassess.
Avatar m tn Well I was originally prescribed bupropion for anti-depression and ambien for a sleep aide but I was then taken off the sleep aide and switched to citalopram. I recently, within the last 6 months, took myself off of the celexa and i drink occasionally but not excessively anymore. I understand that the medication switch and then my decision to stop taking them add to the increased risk of seizure, alcohol lowers your threshold, as does sleep deprivation and stress.
Avatar m tn On a bad day it may be 12-20 beers and throw in 2-4 shots and I am a little more confrontational and still work the next morning, but probably not as well as I could. On these days, I have been accused of hurting others by my drinking. Never phyiscaly of course, but by them seeing me in such a state of mind. I treat others very good, but I obviously hurt them by hurting myself and accusing them of not loving me.
Avatar n tn Been fighting my anxiety/depression for 5 months now, it started with waking up with a racing heart during the weekend when i drink bit alcohol and sometimes a mix of wodka and energy Sinds i've been taking metroprolol 50mg before i go to bed, and it never happened again, it might help for you too. I luckily don't suffer from the side effects, cause they strongly advice not to take it before going to bed but for me they work perfectly and i always sleep through the night with them.
Avatar n tn After being on vicodin and valium for an extended period due to back and knee problems and now being in physical therapy, I have begun reducing the medication I was taking. I believe I am experiencing withdrawal symptoms such as anxiety and diareah. How long will this last will reducing intake of these medications gradually until no more are taken work?
1718784 tn?1330738322 Last night I drank a lot of alcohol and smoked some weed to block out the pain but this wasn't a good idea as I have just started taking Citalopram so it resulted in me vomiting and generally made me feel even worse. Today I have been paying for it as I have been feeling dizzy, nauseous, agitated and tired all day. I shan't be doing that again any time soon. Just so sick of feeling down all the time.
Avatar n tn all due to how i handle my 31 and have a child and a great family and i do not want to put myself at greater risk w/ ablation. but we are living in a prison due to my fear.thats why my dr. thinks its worth the risk.he doesn't sugarcoat ablation.he said i might not get better at all.but its the "might"that im hoping for.....but i am scared to death of making things worse w/ ablation.
Avatar n tn I am so worried that it is something so serious. I have seen 4 different doctors and had blood work and urinalysis done and always given anxiety as diagnosis. I am currently taking lexapro for about 3 weeks now.. seems to help a little but annoying head pressure/pain will not seem to go away. Does anyone have any advice?
755952 tn?1240099060 I have been offered Lamotragin, Lithium and Carbamazepine as three possible options for mood stabalising drugs along with the continuation of my dose of citalopram. I am 17 would like to know if anyone else has had any experiences with any of the above three, as I have to decide on which one I would like to use. So much as I can see, they are all non addictive, all require blood tests and all involve avoiding alcohol (which I have been doing for some time now anyway).
Avatar n tn It quickly fixed my depression/anxiety problems, and I feel okay mood-wise. Although for the first few months, the libido change (MUCH lower) and anorgasmia had been hard to deal with in the begining, but seems to be better. The only thing is that I've noticed over the last several months an effect that is rather disturbing and I don't know if it's due to lexapro? Kind of an inability to think straight sometimes, or loss of short term memory. Just an overall feeling of almost a blank mind.