Can I drink beer?

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Hi all,

I've been reading all the old posts and have been really helped by all your experiences. I've been feeling low for so long I've forgotten what it feels like to be really happy. Most of the time I function OK and didn't even realise I was depressed, just thought it was stress and pressure of life etc.

Anyway I went to the doctors again today and I've been prescribed Fluoxetine and told to take a month off work - now there's a fabulous silver lining!!

After reading all your posts lots of you mention no alcohol - but I love my real ale! I don't drink to excessive amounts - usually one or one and a half pints is my limit and that only a couple of times a week so will this be OK to keep doing? I really enjoy going to the pub and think I would be much worse if I gave up doing that. Last time I had depression I was on a different brand and the beer made no difference then.

Keep smiling everyone. I know from experience life does get better but sometimes those brain chemicals just get in the way of thinking straight. :cheers:

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    Hi there Realale!

    All I can say is try it. Some folk are okay, I personally am not.

    I love a nice glass or 2 of rosé wine and the odd Malibu. I haven't had a good drink for 12 weeks now as the odd few sociable drinks I've had (I'm talking about 4 in total over 3 months!), I've suffered badly including spinners, sickness and just general crappy feeling.

    So, have a half pint only, see how you go that night and take it from there. My reaction to the drink happened a few hours after I drank so that's why I'm suggesting half pint only.

    Alcohol strips seretonin so I'm lead to believe and these tablets counter act with seretonin levels so drinking isn't for me on these. I'm going cold turkey on these tablets just now though so I could be getting that glass of rosé sooner than I thought hooray!

    Take it easy, let us know how you get on.


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    I agree with Ang. I had about 3 pints a few nights ago and felt absolutely awful. The first hour was okay but then it hit me, I didnt feel drunk but I felt very hungover. The only way I can describe it is my face ached liked crazy and I felt very very drousy, I love a good beer but this has put me right off, which I am very pleased about as I will save money and hopefully lose weight haha!
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    um..........i haven't had any problems drinking with these meds guess everyone is effected differently!

    I'm socialise with friends alot its just been the case I'm a cheap nite out lol

    Caution as always...........just see how you feel :lol:


    Angie xx

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    Well, I drank on these and wanted to die again - the way they react with me is awful - I seriously have no control at all - over my feelings and I cant cope with what is going on

    I dont think you should drink with them really.

    Iv been on other medication though - anti biotics just for a water infection - but they aint worked - I feel im dosing my body up with crap and just want to stop everything

    Anyway realale man, dont drink with them - only milk!! LOL

    Seriously, I cAN NOT drink with them !!! Maybe im just a lightweight

    ANG babe -good luck with going cold turkey - and Addy and John B - I feel so close to you all - want you all to be OK xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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    Hey suzisue........

    likewise babe x i always check ere day 2 day.....if ya gotta shout etc i ere m8 really couldn't ave got past last few mths without u especially xx U r special & i have seen how times ave been tough BUT never fail you are there for everyone else who has come ere who needs to say out loud what they thinking or feeling because sometimes no matter how many people you have around you - not many if any can relate to where you are!

    I watching & listen (& also getting emotional) we can do it suzisue - come on we have laid foundations - am here hun xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

    hey John B - r u ok?? glad u still ere ave taken your advice to suzisue xx

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    yEH AND aNG SAID THAT AS WELL - THAT i SHOULD TAKE 20MG A DAY FOR A BIT TIL i get used to that - was just gonna come off totally til she said that!

    God Ang has gne cold turkey - am really proud but also worried too - like u r about me Ang.

    I met up with a friend tonight, and I havent seen her in ages

    Through the course of our time together, she said to me she had never seen me so happy - she said I was always either really high or really low - and now she thought I was happier than ever cos she thought I was on a level plain?

    I ask myself (she has no idea im on these pills) if they really are making a massive difference? That a good friend can notice about me

    I dont actually know what to do now - im seeing my counsellor at 8.30 in the morning - and then a nurse at my surgery as have physical stuff too - I'll ask her what she thinks - n get back to you all

    Addy - Im glad I helped you - isnt it wierd, Ang helped me - everyone just helps each other

    If I said stuff that iv felt all my life, is it depression or insanity? Im feeling down - bad time tonight with Mum

    But guys good news - I emailed a government body last week when crap happened at the home she's in - and guess what? I got an email back today

    But so much worse has happened, last night, GOD!

    You're all younger than me - all I can say is bloody cherish your parents / family / friends as much as you bloody can xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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    Hey i dunno suzisue

    i lost my nan few yrs ago she didn't ahve a clue who i was at the end but it felt good to hug her & make sure she is safe etc like you are doing for your mum!

    Sadly its all you can do & thats your best but you must try (as hard as it is) to take care of you i don't know your mother but reckon she would want you to take care of you & oddly enough my nan could see we were all doing what we could to make her comfortable, safe & well lokked after - u are doing your best & pretty sure she knows it hun x

    Thats the hardest part eh - hoping they are happy & kicking yourself cause you not know what else you can do! My mum struggled leavng my nan in an a home but it really was for the best.

    Keep strong suzisue - you have nothing to reproach yourself about xxx

    speak to ya soon xxxxxxxxxx

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    gee its late & sorry my typing is pretty lame (real poor spelling) lolololol
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    :D :cheers: Good news all, I have tried beer and it has no effect on me with the tablets - well apart from the usual beer effects that is. Seems to be totally individual to each one of us. For me life looks better through the bottom of a beer glass.
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    lmfao.........likewise................take it easy tho!!!!
  • Posted

    lmao toooooooooooooooo

    maybe it's that we're all alcoholics!!!! lol

    Realale - think wot u want, but u shouldnt drink with these! Just trust me - it doesnt mix

    Get better xxxxxxxxx


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