Mixing Zoloft and alcohol is not recommended because it can result in serious side effects.
Antidepressants such as Zoloft tend to increase the effects of alcohol, thereby further impairing the individual who combines both drugs.
Since alcohol is a depressant, it is never advised that those suffering from depression consume alcohol. The reason is because alcohol only worsens the symptoms of depression such as feelings of hopelessness, helplessness, and may result in increased suicidal thoughts and behaviors.
What Is Zoloft?
Zoloft (Sertraline) is a prescription medication used to treat depression, anxiety, panic attacks, OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder), PTSD (posttraumatic stress disorder) and other conditions. This antidepressant is categorized as a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI), a class of medications that work by increasing the amounts of the brain chemical serotonin.
Serotonin is a neurotransmitter and the levels of serotonin in the brain are believed to be related to symptoms of depression, anxiety, stress, OCD, etc.
Safety Tips For Zoloft Users
If you must drink, and it is not advised, some doctors reluctantly concede that patients can consume light amounts of alcohol while taking antidepressants and anti-anxiety medications.
In such cases, light drinking means keeping alcohol consumption limited to one 12 ounce beer, or one 5 ounce glass of wine, or 1.5 ounces (one shot) of hard liquor. You read that correctly: this means you can only have ONE drink if you must.
In addition, it is not advised to drink during one's scheduled medication times.
Also, only drink after you have discussed it with your
prescribing doctor and understand what you are doing to your body.
Forewarned is forearmed.
In conclusion, meet with your doctor regularly for medication sessions and ask questions to become an informed consumer.
If you experience any severe or unusual side effects or reactions while taking Zoloft, notify your prescribing doctor and visit the nearest hospital emergency room right away to receive immediate medical attention.
In addition, both antidepressants and alcohol can inhibit reflexes and reaction time. Therefore, combining antidepressants or anti-anxiety medication with alcohol may further impair and endanger those driving automobiles or operating other heavy machinery.
This can result in an increased risk of motor vehicle accidents and fatalities.