Citalopram and alcohol

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I've been on citalopram for 7 weeks now, and it took about 6 weeks or so for me to start feeling really good, and then this past week I've felt really nice, so last night I stupidly decided to have a few beers and a couple of glasses of wine to celebrate.

Then this morning I woke up, not much of a hangover (yay), and felt alright, just a bit tired.  But as the day has worn on, this afternoon and this evening I've felt really low again, depressed, and like I'm back to square one again.

Just wanted to know if anyone else had experienced this, and if so, is it just a one day event where you're paying for drinking the night before, or does it set the recovery back days, maybe even weeks?

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    It won't start you back to square one as I understand it, but alcohol is actually a depressant so it will wear off and you will get back on track. It is recommended that you never have alcohol with anti-depressants and now you see why.

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    Sometimes after a night of drinking I will feel low the next day. However, this happened to me even when I was not on citalopram. If you haven't had an alcoholic drink in a while your body almost takes it as a "shock"

    From what I have learned is that this is called an "emotional hangover" if you want to look it up.

    people with depression or anxiety are more likely to experience this after a night of drinking. Therefore will drink more to avoid feeling that way. Which then becomes abuse. Not saying this will happen every time you drink though. I take citalopram daily and have had a very good experience on it I used to be a heavy drinker and now I will maybe have a few drinks on a random Friday where as before i was drinking daily.

    Good luck.

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    I'm not a drinker so don't have your experience to comment really but I do know any blip is usually short lived.  I think that once the medication stabilises itself without the alcohol you will feel good again. 


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