Alcohol and Citalopram

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So I was starting to feel a bit better after going from 20mg to 30mg. On Saturday I went to a Gig and got a bit carried away, drinking a lot of alcohol. I would say 12+ units over 8-10 hours. My hangover was awful and I've been in an anxiety spiral ever since. Also feeling very low. Has the alcohol caused this, or did I merely trigger because I was hungover? Could I have caused any more serious problems?

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    Alcohol has definitely caused this as it affects the neurotransmitters in the brain - which is what the meds work on, so will probably spike anxiety. Its a temporary blip and will pass in time. Its always best to go easy with alcohol whilst on meds - have some, but not to the point of how you'd have done before.

    No nothing permanent done, but you may feel low for a while yet.

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      I had to drop back to 20mg as the 40mg and 30mg were too much for my system. Why did you increase to 30? dont rush into any changes. Did anything else happen tht could have triggered the blip?

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      Hi. I'd been on 20mg for a few years, but started getting regular 10 day episodes of acute anxiety again, so they recommended putting it up to 30mg. I think the bad hangover just put me in a vulnerable position, allowing all the demons back in. Plus that amount of alcohol I guess could have interacted with the meds.

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    Hi I did the same thing last Friday and was ill for 3 days .Drinking too much is definitely a no no while on the meds.

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    Hi  Poorlybrain,never take more than 1 can on different days.If you do then  your anxiety  level  will go sky high and your medication  with alcohol  will do how you are feeling.
    
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    Yeah alcohol definitely affected me particularly in the first months of taking cit. I was able to drink after about 5 months or a bit longer then it was fine. Be careful with alchohol try to stay away for the time beginning for sure because it can make you feel like being back to square one.

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