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Abilify and Alcohol

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I just started on Abilify 2mg a couple days ago, and I was wondering about people's experiences with consuming alcohol while on it. I know that the literature says to avoid alcohol while on it, and that it can intensify drowsiness and other side effects, but they say that about all of these medications. I just want to know if I can go out to the bar with my friends and have a few beers without passing out or acting erratic.

 

Any first hand experiences with social drinking while on the drug? Thanks!

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I've had a drink while I was on Abilify... I didn't notice any side effects but did get a buzz from just one drink, not sure if that was due to Abilify or the fact that I hadn't had a drink in a very long time. Everybody is different though, even if 9 out of 10 people don't have a problem you could still experience adverse side effects. 

If you decide to drink socially do it slowly so you can gauge the effects and keep the intake to a minimum. 

If you plan on doing this on a regular basis try to keep in mind is that alcohol is a powerful depressant and can negate the positive effects you're getting from psychotropic medications...

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HI   I drink on 5 mg of abilify.  But i can only last a couple hours out with friends   before i get super  tired  and have to go home. 

I am also on 40 mg of paxil 

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I am on 2 mg of abilify and 100 mg of Zoloft and I do have a drink quite everyday and have no side effect.

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So, I've been on Abilify for about 4 months, now, and I am glad to report that it actually does not seem to affect me in the way I was worried about. I don't drink heavily to begin with, but I can have 2 or 3 beers and not notice any stronger effect than before.


Of course, I still urge everyone else to start slow and see how it affects you if you choose to consume alcohol while on this drug. Everyone is different, so be safe.

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Alcohol can increase the nervous system side effects of ARIPiprazole such as dizziness, drowsiness, and difficulty concentrating. Some people may also experience impairment in thinking and judgment. You should avoid or limit the use ofalcohol while being treated with ARIPiprazole.

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