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Re: Alcohol and Anti-depressants.

Posted by fayeroe on July 6, 2008, at 7:24:30

In reply to Alcohol and Anti-depressants., posted by MattSanz on July 5, 2008, at 8:38:41

> Hello,
> I'm currently taking Zoloft and Abilify for my depression and I was wondering, does anyone know what the consequences are of using illegal drugs (cocaine, MDMA, etc.) or alcohol while taking anti-depressants? I was wondering in terms of whether taking illegal drugs or drinking alcohol will have an actual effect on how well the Zoloft will work. Thanks!

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Dangers of cocaine-alcohol mix

A publicity campaign aimed at highlighting the dangers and consequences of cocaine use and the additional dangers of mixing cocaine and alcohol has been launched this week.

The campaign has been launched by the National Drugs Awareness Campaign.

According to the National Advisory Committee on Drugs, about 5% of young people aged 15 to 34 say they have used cocaine, compared to an equivalent figure of almost 1% for heroin

This indicates that cocaine is widely available in all areas around the country, according to the Campaign.

Of additional concern, it says,is that cocaine overdoses are unpredictable, and combining cocaine with other drugs,particularly alcohol, is highly risky

There are also risks associated with injection and the sharing of snorting and smoking equipment.

The publicity campaign highlights the dangers of psychological dependence, behavioural effects and the serious health impact of polydrug use.

The Awareness Campaign says when cocaine is taken with alcohol it combines in the system to form another drug, cocaethylene, which is more toxic than either drug alone.

It can seriously affect the normal functioning of the heart and has been a contributory factor in many recent deaths.

 

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