Alcohol And Zoloft - A Dangerous Combination?

Alcohol And Zoloft

Do alcohol and Zoloft go together? Let's try to answer this question. In a day when anti-depressants are the norm, it is only natural that we should be concerned about the possible effect of combining alcohol with Zoloft.

Zoloft is a trade name for Sertraline hydrochloride, it is classified as an SSRI (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor) antidepressant used to treat depression, and in some cases anxiety. The manufacturers of Zoloft do not recommend drinking alcohol while on the medication.

Some possible side effects of the medication are:

  • constipation
  • dry mouth
  • dizziness
  • insomnia
  • lack of libido
  • and in some cases weight gain.

The purpose of Zoloft is to inhibit your brain’s ability to reabsorb serotonin. This is what sends nerve impulses and influences your mood. However, alcohol also affects your serotonin levels.

Zoloft can also lower your heart rate and blood pressure. Some patients report that taking Zoloft can actually cause them to crave more alcohol. This could be extremely dangerous when you combine the effects of both of these substances.

Consuming alcohol and Zoloft can be risky combo. Studies show that taking Zoloft can increase the risk of suicide, especially in adolescents. And as with all antidepressants, there are strong withdrawal symptoms involved. You should always be in regular consultation with a licensed psychiatrist when taking this medication.

It’s always important to find out how you are going to react to a certain medication before adding anything else to the mix. Some individuals react negatively to Zoloft almost immediately, while with others it may take several weeks.

If you are consuming alcohol and the medication, should a violent episode occur, it may be difficult to determine whether it is the alcohol or the medicine to which you are reacting. Any adverse reactions should be reported to your doctor immediately before any potential danger occurs.

Possible Effects Of Mixing Alcohol And Zoloft

  • Mixing alcohol with Zoloft could leave you feeling drowsy and even more depressed than usual.

  • You will find your judgment clouding and your reflexes slowing.

  • Other symptoms such as headaches and sexual dysfunction may also occur.

  • It is considered that Zoloft could possibly activate the insular cortex, which is a part of the brain that controls addictive behavior.

  • Another theory suggests that these drugs affect the pancreas and lower your blood sugar causing you to crave alcohol as a way of raising your blood sugar. Increasing your serotonin to these levels can produce intense and sudden anger and/or anxiety.

It doesn’t take doctor to see that two mood-altering substances, whether prescribed or un-prescribed, when taken together could be a dangerous combination. A better choice might be to see what is causing you to need alcohol and Zoloft in the first place.

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