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Anxiety and Stress Disorders

Paroxatine and alcohol

10/05/2009

Question:

i am about to start taking paroxatine for depression and panic attacks, before i was taking prozac and drank socially at weekends with friends.will i still be able to do this with paroxatine

Answer:

Of course it is never possible to recommend the use of alcohol in individuals experiencing difficulties with mood or anxiety symptoms. Despite this patients have used modest amounts of alcohol with paroxetine and fluoxetine. I think you must be made aware that even modest amounts of alcohol can contribute to worsening of anxiety and depressive symptoms and can decrease the potential for maximal benefits of these antidepressants. Discuss these issues with your physician.

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Response by:

Nicholas A Votolato, RPh BCPP Nicholas A Votolato, RPh BCPP
Formerly:
Introductory Clinicxal Psychopharamcology
Advanced Clinical Psychopharmacology
Clinical Pharmacokinetics
Clinical Therapetics
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University