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Re: Celexa and Alcohol by Toby

Posted by Nancy on December 5, 1998, at 17:17:42

In reply to Re: Celexa and Alcohol, posted by Toby on December 4, 1998, at 15:47:08

> Just because Paul didn't notice any problems while taking Prozac/Zoloft and alcohol, doesn't mean there weren't any problems. I daresay he didn't notice any change in his serotonin levels either until he had full blown depression. Alterations at the cellular level may seem small when compared to overt interactions that cause vomiting, weakness, dizziness, blindness or some other symptom that tells you there is an interaction occurring, but small changes can lead to problems in the long run that, by the time they are recognized, may seem to have no relationship to the true cause. I sometimes wonder if tobacco, alcohol, other illict drugs, or even diet may not be related to "antidepressant poopout" and we just don't know it because we can't easily measure the "interactions" between the antidepressant and these substances.
> I am not condemning alcohol, just presenting another way of looking at the question. Also, it's not "mindless" in the way the warnings are given. The labels are premade in vast quantities because alcohol does affect so many medications (mostly because it is metabolized in the liver and most medications are, too).

Bravo! It doesn't get any clearer than the way you said it. N.




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