Can you drink alcohol when taking Citalopram??

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Hi everyone,

Has anyone drunk alcohol on Citalopram? I have a party to go to next week and wondered if it is safe to have a few drinks or would it cause problems with the medication.


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    How is your mental status?if things are going well and you only have a couple drinks you should be fine. But that said , everyone is different and reacts different. If you do decide to drink definitely don't drive with the combination, obviously
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    Hi June. How long have you been on citalopram? I have been for 11 months now. I don't drink a lot but I noticed the first few months if I had a couple I had a massive headache the next day. But I also had a headache from the cit too. I'm good now but I only have 3-4 at a time a couple times a month. I think if it's in moderation you should be ok. 
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      Hi Kathy

      Thanks for reply.

      I've only been on cit for 3 weeks I did suffer with headaches the first week but that has eased now. I may try 2-3 glasses of wine and see how I go. It's a one off so probably won't have any for a while after that.

      June x

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    Hi June , March 3rd I will be starting month 5 on cit. I have drank in moderation with this and have had no issues. Again everyone is different so I would go easy first time to see how it affects you. I actually feel better after a glass of wine or a couple beers lol. Enjoy yourself !!
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    Hi Kathy,

    You do not have to drink to have a good time. You are only three weeks into taking Cita and you are taking it for a reason so, I would wait until you are at a point where you know Cita is doing its job and you have kinda levelled out.

    Obviously I am talking from experience and I do drink carefully again, now and again however, 15 months down the road because, as advised here, I knew what was best for me. I did not drink for a long time gave up smoking too.

    You don't have to take the pledge or anything just respect the meds, recover and then move forward and if a drink now and again is what yer fancy, fine, but at this stage I do not recommend going down that road. There will be more parties, I am sure, in the future please don't burn out too soon though.

    Actually, being at a party or in a pub when around you most people are drinking (and parties do tend to be a little more "let yer hair down") it is quite sobering (to make a pun) to watch alcohol make idiots of some  people.

    Sorry Kath I do not recommend.



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