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Zoloft and Alcohol

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Ive been on zoloft for almost 2 months now, approaching my second week at 100mg. Ive drank a couple times since Ive started it and both times ive blacked out quickly. But this past time, I was blacked out before it was even sun down and instantly turned violent. From what im told it sounds like i was posessed by satan, attacking everybody and foaming at the mouth. I eventually ended up cracking my head open on a railroad tie when I tripped over my own feet while slap boxing a co worker. I have 13 staples in my head now and i lost an incredible amount of blood. I couldnt STOP drinking until monday because when I woke up the hangovers were so severe that I needed to drink to steady out which led to me continuing drinking. I used to drink everyday after i turned 21, im 24 now and i stopped drinking almost a year ago but have relapsed several times. Im not sure if Im blacking out quick because my tolerance is down or because of the zoloft. Obviously its because i was drinking too much i understand that part but to black out so fast i dont understand that. So let this be a warning to everyone on zoloft. DONT DRINK.

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WOW thats pretty rough man. I drank for the first time Monday in like 6 months but I was on prozac but I hope things are ok with you. sounds like a rough time for you and i'm not an alcoholic, never have been, just a social drinker but i do know how the withdrawls can be but like i said i hope your ok.

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The DF NEVER condones drinking while on meds. You never know HOW you will respond. ((((Tribulus))))), you were very lucky that you didn't have some sort of brain injury...or worse! People have been killed from falling down and hitting their heads while blacking out. You were very lucky. I hope that you won't do it again... and I'm thankful that you're going to be alright. You might consider AA for your drinking. :bump:

Good luck, and thanks for letting our members know how dangerous drinking while on meds can be!

Cat :hearts:

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I admit I drank last night after I was on zoloft the night before but I was kinda smart enough when I got home to realize I shouldn't take it, so I waited until this morning when I sobered up, so still gotta be careful.

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I'll reiterate what Cat said: Never drink alcohol with your meds. It affects how they work drastically. Taking them the next day after a bender is hazardous, too, as it takes alcohol 24-49 hours to be out of your system. Tribulus, you were very fortunate that something worse didn't happen to you. Try AA for your alcohol abuse. It's a 12-step program and you will receive a lot of support from your peers. It's a very effective organization for people with alcohol problems. But like all programs to be effective for you, you need to WANT to quit drinking (or other addictions).

Sheepwoman :hearts:

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Ive been on zoloft for almost 2 months now, approaching my second week at 100mg. Ive drank a couple times since Ive started it and both times ive blacked out quickly. But this past time, I was blacked out before it was even sun down and instantly turned violent. From what im told it sounds like i was posessed by satan, attacking everybody and foaming at the mouth. I eventually ended up cracking my head open on a railroad tie when I tripped over my own feet while slap boxing a co worker. I have 13 staples in my head now and i lost an incredible amount of blood. I couldnt STOP drinking until monday because when I woke up the hangovers were so severe that I needed to drink to steady out which led to me continuing drinking. I used to drink everyday after i turned 21, im 24 now and i stopped drinking almost a year ago but have relapsed several times. Im not sure if Im blacking out quick because my tolerance is down or because of the zoloft. Obviously its because i was drinking too much i understand that part but to black out so fast i dont understand that. So let this be a warning to everyone on zoloft. DONT DRINK.

Thank you so much for your post Tribulus! :hearts: I cannot even begin to explain how many times in the past almost 6 years we have tried to explain about the dangers of mixing alcohol and antidepressants! It's not just Zoloft. It's Celexa and Welbutrin and a host of others. All the SSRI's.

Alcohol IS a depressant! :shocked:

Your story is not uncommon, darlin' and I am thankful you are alright to tell your story and that you were brave enough to tell it. :shocked:

Really...Thank you!!! :bump:

Be Well,

~Lindsay, Forum Super Administrator

Founder, Depressionforums.org

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I too drink this weekend while I was on Zoloft.I was so stipud to do that.I drink alot while I was on my pill and the next morning I took it.Bad mistake. Past out twice. So stupid. I will never do that again.That scared the s*** out of me.I only been on theres for a week. I was so stupid and to but my family thought that. That wasn't right.I'm so sorry for doing what I did.I sure of know better.We learn from our mistakes.

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:welcome: to DF and the Zoloft room, Live Life,

We DO learn from our mistakes and the whole idea here is not to repeat them. Glad to hear that you will not be drinking in teh future. Let us know how Zoloft is working for you.

Sheepwoman :hearts:

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I never had any problems with drinking while I was on zoloft. Then again, I'm not really a big drinker. Maybe once or twice a month, and always in the safety of friends and moderation. Although, had I read all your entries first, I don't think I would have drank at all!

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So much better now. It toto normalok me from saturday to thursday to feel back to normal. My sister in law

is on zoloft too.She said she also made the mistake of drinking heavy when she first went on them. 3 days it took her also 3 days. She said you need to social drink when your on theres.I had one drink last night.I been on theres for only two weeks now. I feel way better now.

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Funny, I've never had a problem with drinking on Paxil or Zoloft. These days, I keep my drinking in check. As soon as I feel a light buzz, I stop. However, it's not unusual for me to have 2-3 drinks a couple nights a week. I guess it's good that drinking isn't recommended while on AD's, that way I don't overdo it.

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I was stupid.Was only on it a week.The weekend come had 10 cooler uselly have 6 for a buzz . The next day got a headache so I took my med and 2 relugar typhol.Started cooking breakfest eat then went for a smoke. Almost finish my smoke.Started feeling werid turn to my mom and told her and out I went.That got me in side and got me awake but I was going in and out.Stared the living s*** out of me.

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Im going good now.The pills are working for me.I feel much better now.If I drink I drink smart.Hope everyone had a good christmas and new years. :happyny15: :hearts:

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Live Life--

Are you listening AT ALL?

There really is no 'drinking smart' if you are depressed, and certainly not if you are on meds.

KA

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Live Life:

I gotta agree with Keeping Awake - don't drink if you're depressed. Depression and alcohol do NOT mix! Antidepressants and alcohol definitely do NOT mix!

Please take care of yourself, and cease drinking alcohol at once.

-Bean

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ok Im no doc and you should aways do what your doc says but.....I forgot on xmas eve and had a margarita :hearts: but I only had just the one

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ok Im no doc and you should aways do what your doc says but.....I forgot on xmas eve and had a margarita :hearts: but I only had just the one

I hate to sound like Prohibition Polly, but drinking while on meds just isn't a good idea. Please be careful.

-Bean

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From what I read here it did convice me not to drink while on meds (Zoloft and clonazepam). It made the holiday season very stressful for me being the only one not drinking. Cheering in New Years with a class of Sprite while everyone else had champaigne felt weird. I was so anxious about how to survive the holidays without drinking, that I use one session with my therapist to deal with it. I have great friends and family because thay never asked why I was not drinking and did not bug me about. I survived the holidays without having a single drink. The first time in my life, I have had a sober New Years.

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Good for you, Nevel!!! :hearts: Congratulations!

I know it felt weird for you, but you get used to it. I haven't had a drink in I don't know how many years. It just becomes common practice, not drinking.

I'm glad to hear that you were able to discuss this with your therapist. Support really does make all the difference in the world.

We're here, whenever you need extra support.

-Bean

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no alcohol!!!!that sucks tho.I get the point.It doesn't mix.Thank you!That was stupid after I read it again.You can't drink smart.Something I'm going to have to get use too. :hearts:

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Im not a drinker at all but everyonce in a while I would have a drink. Something fruity and sweet. So it sorta stinks that with the meds I can even do that

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Im not a drinker at all but everyonce in a while I would have a drink. Something fruity and sweet. So it sorta stinks that with the meds I can even do that

Although one drink may not have any affect whatsoever, it's just not a good idea to drink while on meds.

I know what you're saying though. I miss the occasional glass of alcohol with dinner.

-Bean

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I had similar experiences while drinking with SSRI. DON'T DO IT. I blacked out. I'd wake up later and not remember what happened. I punched out a window while I was drinking with a SSRI (i think it was paxil). That did a lot of damage to my arm. I had to go to a specialist. That was a few years ago.

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