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Zoloft and Alcohol (Sertraline)

Alcohol and Zoloft (sertraline) simply do not mix. To begin with, alcohol belongs to a family of drugs known as depressants. If you are taking Zoloft, whose primary ingredient is sertraline, chances are that you are trying to fight chronic depression. By mixing sertraline and alcohol, a depressant, you are basically enhancing the depression not fighting it.

Furthermore, there is a wide range of medical research to indicate that alcoholism can lead to depression. This is not to say that everyone who drinks alcohol is an alcoholic, but it should be noted that if you are having trouble giving up the beer and wine when you are on Zoloft or any other prescribed medication, it might be a sign that you have a drinking problem.

Alcohol and Zoloft Potential Interactions

If you are currently experiencing any odd side effects while taking your prescription drug Zoloft, they will only be exacerbated by the combination of sertraline and alcohol. Even when we are healthy and leading a "normal" life, whatever feelings that we are experiencing at the time that we begin to become intoxicated are typically increased exponentially. This means that if we are sad when we begin to drink, we typically become even more melancholy. If we are happy, we tend to become even more happy-go-luck!

Now imagine the potential for disaster if you are being treated for depression or obsessive-compulsive disorder while ingesting sertraline and alcohol simultaneously. Your mood swings are already a problem, most likely, thus the need for Zoloft in the first place. Now consider the common side effects of Zoloft, which might include temporary moments of lightheadedness, insomnia, moodiness, or a feeling of nausea. Whatever you are feeling without alcohol in your system will only be more intensely experienced when on alcohol and Zoloft together.

Consequences of Sertraline and Alcohol

The sertraline in Zoloft is helping our brains to stabilize the levels of certain naturally produced chemicals within our body. The lack of these chemicals is a contributing factor to our depression or social anxiety disorders for which we are being treated. Our emotions are already out of control which is why we are being prescribed Zoloft. By combining alcohol and Zoloft together, your mood swings will only increase.

The normal feeling that most people achieve after drinking a single beer will be doubled or maybe even tripled in a person that has combined the sertraline and alcohol together. It is not uncommon for people under the influence of these two substances simultaneously to obtain a DUI or Public Intoxication Charge. Remember, a person can still be charged even if the blood-to-alcohol ratio is under the legal limit. Alcohol and Zoloft can not only cause legal ramifications but also deadly consequences if you happen to hurt someone while under the influence of this lethal combination.

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My girlfriend has had problems with drinking too much. Now that she is on sertraline and drinks more than three glasses of wine she starts problems and tries to turn everything against me. She thinks she is rational and right but I'm starting to see a pattern. Any time she has close to a bottle of wine it causes problemsand I try to get her to see iit's the combo of the two bit everything is my fault. I don't live her it's all about me. Please help with any answers would be appreciated.

It's just the alcohol and her insecurities.

jamie, i too have a girlfriend that does the same thing. it is like they are not the people we even know , when they mix the 2. well due to recent events, my gf has quit drinking. it is sad that it went as far as it did. but a wake up call it was. please urge your gf to STOP drinking with her medicine. !!! it is HIGHLY Dangerous!!! as i read your post, it was like i had written it~~!!

What are the chances of a sertraline overdose mixed with a bottle of wine cause death?

We don't know. Don't do it. That is all.

I've been thinking maybe Tiramisu is making me slightly drunk and I take Zoloft. Most of the stuff I've read on the net say it's only 2 tablespoons of rum. I also don't have it very often because of the calories. (Why must everything goid be tons of calories?!) I notice it just makes me relaxed and not anxious. Well I think I'll stay away from Olive Garden's Tiramisu, the ladyfingers were soaked in rum. I think the Cheesecake Factory has the best Tiramisu.

Not relevant at all.

Hi Jamie. Try telling her that the reason you're asking her to stop IS because you love her and care about what it is doing to her. She should really stop an realise she is lucky to have you, most guys wouldn't even stay with a girl if she was on meds an especially drinking like that! An blaming everything on you. Tell her to embrace the fact that you do love her and to stop destroying herself an your guys relationship when you clearly are there and love her.

Jackie.. WOW talk about lighten the mood, at least you made one of us laugh..

My 17 yr old daughter mixed alcohol with her Zoloft on two different occasions over a 9-day span, both times her boyfriend or friends had to call 911. The first time she became suicidal and tried to stab herself, was combative, crying hysterically, blacked out for most of the episode, had to be handcuffed by police until the ambulance arrived and was then transported to County Psychiatric Hospital for 12 hours. The second time she was inconsolable, spoke of suicide, asked friends at a party to just stab her and end her life, hysterically screaming and crying, and other embarrassing behaviors that she doesn't remember. Both episodes were extremely frightening to those who were with her. BOTTOM LINE.....DON'T MIX ZOLOFT AND ALCOHOL!!!!!!

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