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Should I Avoid Drinking Alcohol With My Medication?

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Updated October 17, 2012

Question: Should I Avoid Drinking Alcohol With My Medication?
Answer: You should ask your doctor or pharmacist for specific recommendations regarding your medication, but, in general, drinking alcohol while taking an antidepressant is a bad idea. First of all, it can intensify any sedative effects of your antidepressant. Secondly, if you drink on a regular basis, it can cause either more or less of your antidepressant to be available in your body than would normally be. And, finally, if you are using an MAOI, you should be aware that beer and wine contain tyramine, a substance which can interact with MAOIs leading to a dangerous rise in blood pressure.
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