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Re: Alcohol, celexa, lamitcal -- bad news? chemis chemist

Posted by AMD on August 3, 2004, at 11:00:18

In reply to Re: Alcohol, celexa, lamitcal -- Chemist ? woolav, posted by chemist on August 3, 2004, at 8:48:34

I suspect the alcohol interferes with the antidepressant effect of SSRI's. In my case, I'm on a high dosage of Celexa, which I now suspect is barely holding me above the depression threshold. Thus the alcohol I had, small dose as it was, I think interfered with the drug in a way to make it slightly less effective, resulting in my day-after blues. Yesterday I was a bit mixed; today I feel a little better, but not 100%. Probably will be next week before I shake myself out of this.

As to the Lamictal, I found 100 mg to be effective, but just not right for mood stablization for me. 200 mg seems to work well for me. I wouldn't rule out alcohol having an effect on that as well. Just don't play with fire is my motto. (Well, /now/ it is!)

Finally, if 100 mg of Lamictal is working for you, I'd suggest sticking with it. No need to go up unless you're not finding 100 mg to work. When I first started at 25 mg, I found that it lifted my mood. It just didn't work /enough/ to prevent rapid cycling. The higher dose, for me, is more effective.





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