Alcohol and Citalopram

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Hi all, I started cit on sept 8th, 20mg, I stayed on that for 8 weeks then increased to 30mg, today is the start of my 4th week on 30mg and the last 2 I was really pleased with my progress and was feeling good, so much so I went out on Saturday to watch the football, see mates etc and ended up drinking from 3pm till 11pm, needless to say I was VERY drunk, dont remember leaving or getting home, the next day I felt rough(unsurprisingly) but got thru the day ok and my mood was still pretty good, but monday and today have been awful, I feel tearful, obsessive thoughts are back and the general desperate feeling is back, am I right in presuming this is a result of my 8 hour drink binge? Feel a bit silly writing this as i know ive been utterly stupid....thanks..Luke

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    Hi Luke, I would say that the alcohol interacted with the Citalopram. Alcohol should not be consumed with these drugs, thou one beer may not harm the amount you drank would cause theses effects. Put it down to experience and learn from this. Look after yourself and your mental health.


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      I agree with Elizabeth in that emotionally it is not a great idea to binge on citalopram, but there is no reason (on a medical interaction basis) that means you can't drink. It won't do wonders for your liver long term, just try to make it few and far between x
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    Hi Luke

    Don't worry yourself it will pass - alcohol reduces the affects of cit so it will just take a couple of days. In this time eat well, try to exercise as much as you can. Citalopram is notorious for causing 'black outs' while drinking, it has happened to me many times. I try to drink less now as I was getting too paranoid and (like you) feeling rotten for a few days.

    Don't punish yourself though, you had fun and you'll get through it


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