Prozac And Alcohol

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Mixing Prozac and alcohol is not recommended because alcohol can increase the side effects of Prozac.

In addition, since alcohol is a depressant it is not recommend that anyone suffering from depression consume it because it will worsen symptoms of depression.

Further, since both substances increase drowsiness and impair reaction time, it is not recommended to drive or operate heavy machinery while consuming either substance.

Therefore, it is not advised to take either drug when one is required to be awake or alert.

What Is Prozac?

Prozac is a prescription medication used to treat depression, anxiety, panic attacks, obsessive compulsive disorder, and other conditions.

It is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) that works by interacting with the chemicals in the brain that may cause or contribute to depression, panic, anxiety, or obsessive-compulsive symptoms.

Prozac And Alcohol: Important Safety Tips

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Before taking Paxil, inform your doctor if you consume alcohol. Only consume alcohol with their permission. For my patients, however, I instruct them to avoid drinking while taking any psychiatric medication, especially if they suffer from depression.

The reason is that alcohol is a depressant, and is not recommended for those who already suffer from depression. I understand that the some folks consume alcohol to "self-medicate" or numb the symptom of depression, the fact is that alcohol only worsens symptoms of depression.

The risk is that drinking can worsen the depression to the point of possible suicidal thoughts and behaviors. 

Report any side effects to your doctor, and limit your drinking as much as possible. If you experience any severe reactions, report to the nearest emergency room right away.

If You Must Drink...

If your doctor approves, you may be able to drink lightly, meaning one drink per day. In this case, one drink means one 12 ounce beer, one glass of wine (5 ounces), or one shot of hard liquor. I understand that one drink is a disappointment for some readers, however, I do not even recommend that you even consume drink during scheduled medication times.

I do not recommend even the one drink guidelines: the potential health risks are just now worth it. 

But before consuming alcohol, it highly recommended that you wait until the Prozac is fully in your system and you become familiar with how the drug reacts in your body. This may take several weeks.

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