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    Citalopram and alcohol

    Hi
    I have been on citalopram a long time and ive drunk before and never had any proble while drinking alcohol. Only recently something i read Must of stuck in my mind which is drinking alcohol raises the level of seretonin in the brain and now im anxious that its goin to cause seretonin syndrome if i have a drink. Is this true? Never had an issue in the past

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    Re: Citalopram and alcohol

    I would go with the interactions warnings. They are Moderate whereas Serotonin Syndrome usually appears as Major.

    Alcohol does cause spikes in Serotonin hence why we drink more & more. And that probably contributes to the aftermath as the brain is trying to rebalance itself.

    The brain regulates it's Serotonin levels. The issue with meds is not only increased production but also prevention of re-uptake and allowing more receptors to become saturated.

    Often meds are combined, or switched which causes an overlap, which comes with Major interaction warnings but doctors do it every day and how frequent is Serotonin Syndrome? Also SS can be mild, it's not always what the horror stories out there say.
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    Re: Citalopram and alcohol

    Thanx terry well explained

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    Re: Citalopram and alcohol

    I really lowered my intake of alcohol when I started citalopram, and continued to do so throughout. However to my knowledge there aren't too many risks consuming them together- the alcohol should really be the thing that comes with the warning sheet, not the medication imo!
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