Alcohol And Antidepressants

Combining alcohol with antidepressants has numerous side effects, some of which can be fatal.

Start the road to recovery

(877) 746-0480

Call Now

Treatment Center Locator

Paid Advertising

Aion Recovery

Lantana, FL

Multiple Levels of Care

844-222-8954

Starlite Recovery Center

Center Point, TX

Multiple Levels of Care

855-349-1116

Northbound Treatment Services

Irvine, CA

Full Spectrum of Care

877-918-9085

The Recovery Team

Lake Park, FL

Multiple Levels of Care

844-999-2545

Silver Lining Recovery

Huntington Beach, CA

Multiple Levels of Care

844-940-0031

Ambrosia Treatment Center – Northeast

Philadelphia, PA

Multiple Levels of Care

866-970-0918

The Harrison House of Northern Virginia

Annandale, VA

Multiple Levels of Care

855-734-4364

Treasure Valley Recovery

Nampa, ID

Multiple Levels of Care

855-248-2193

Pinnacle Peak Recovery

Scottsdale, AZ

Multiple Levels of Care

844-225-8937

Pacific Grove Hospital

Riverside, CA

Multiple Levels of Care

855-801-1534

Right Path Addiction Treatment Centers

Virginia Beach, VA

Multiple Levels of Care

855-982-0704

Recovery Unplugged Austin Treatment Center

Austin, TX

Full Spectrum of Care

844-291-5968

The Haven Detox

West Palm Beach, FL

Multiple Levels of Care

855-409-5866

The Refuge, A Healing Place

Ocklawaha, FL

Multiple Levels of Care

855-990-1029

North Tampa Behavioral Health

Tampa, FL

Multiple Levels of Care

844-870-8069

Southwest Wellness Group

Phoenix, AZ

Multiple Levels of Care

855-518-1067

United Recovery Project

Hollywood, FL

Multiple Levels of Care

877-586-7043

Lakeview Behavioral Health Hospital

Norcross, GA

Multiple Levels of Care

855-337-9509

Sierra Tucson

Tucson, AZ

Full Spectrum of Care

855-889-6553

Newport Institute for Young Adults – Northern California

Sunol, CA

Multiple Levels of Care

877-604-7184

Cornerstone Healing Center

Scottsdale, AZ

Multiple Levels of Care

844-931-1105

Burkwood Treatment Center

Hudson, WI

Residential

844-251-2961

Blue Ridge Mountain Recovery Center

Ball Ground, GA

Multiple Levels of Care

844-498-9407

Beachside Rehab

Fort Pierce, FL

Multiple Levels of Care

888-452-3049

Boca Recovery Center – New Jersey

Galloway, NJ

Full Spectrum of Care

855-628-9076

Wilmington Treatment Center

Wilmington, NC

Multiple Levels of Care

877-257-1203

Wish Recovery

Northridge, CA

Multiple Levels of Care

855-933-2789

Mount Regis Center

Salem, VA

Multiple Levels of Care

877-539-2026

Oceanside Malibu

Malibu, CA

Full Spectrum of Care

866-275-3956

Bayside Marin Treatment Center

San Rafael, CA

Multiple Levels of Care

866-886-6071

Trustpoint Hospital

Murfreesboro, TN

Multiple Levels of Care

888-925-9448

Greenleaf Behavioral Health Hospital

Valdosta, GA

Multiple Levels of Care

866-692-1694

Twelve Oaks Recovery Center

Navarre, FL

Multiple Levels of Care

844-885-1218

Life Healing Center

Santa Fe, NM

Multiple Levels of Care

844-285-2916

MeadowWood Behavioral Health

New Castle, DE

Multiple Levels of Care

855-609-4051

1st Step Behavioral Health

Pompano Beach, FL

Full Spectrum of Care

844-334-8400

New England Recovery & Wellness

Concord, NH

Multiple Levels of Care

844-408-1433

Northlake Behavioral Health System

Baton Rouge, LA

Full Spectrum of Care

855-402-5289

SUWS of the Carolinas

Old Fort, NC

Residential

844-811-2644

Ambrosia Treatment Center – Westcoast

Beverly Hills, CA

Multiple Levels of Care

866-970-0918

Pocono Mountain Recovery Center

Henryville, PA

Multiple Levels of Care

844-589-1547

Recovery Unplugged – Austin Detox

Austin, TX

Detox

855-958-1650

Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center for Women

Lemont, IL

Multiple Levels of Care

855-200-8406

Recovery Unplugged Fort Lauderdale

Fourt Lauderdale, FL

Full Spectrum of Care

855-900-6613

JourneyPure – Florida

Melbourne, FL

Multiple Levels of Care

(844) 899-9541

Recovery Unplugged Nashville

Nashville, TN

Full Spectrum of Care

877-463-0080

Cove Forge Behavioral Health Center

Williamsburg, PA

Multiple Levels of Care

844-225-6578

Wellness Counseling & Residential Detox

Stuart, FL

Multiple Levels of Care

855-937-0191

Indiana Center for Recovery

Bloomington, IN

Full Spectrum of Care

866-657-4490

Bowling Green Brandywine

Kennett Square, PA

Multiple Levels of Care

844-797-7507

The Poseidon Method

Mykonos, Greece

Full Spectrum of Care

202-370-7462

Annie’s House – A Steps Recovery Center

Draper, UT

Full Spectrum of Care

866-922-0448

Asana Recovery

Costa Mesa, CA

Multiple Levels of Care

877-899-6056

Clear Life Recovery

Costa Mesa, CA

Full Spectrum of Care

888-638-7182

Boca Recovery Center – Florida

Boca Raton, FL

Full Spectrum of Care

888-608-4977

SOBA New Jersey

New Brunswick, NJ

Multiple Levels of Care

888-341-1174

Bradford Recovery Center

Millerton, PA

Multiple Levels of Care

844-769-9928

Bluff Plantation

Augusta, GA

Inpatient

855-331-2490

Riverwalk Ranch

Mansfield, TX

Multiple Levels of Care

866-634-7479

Huntington Creek Recovery Center

Shickshinny, PA

Multiple Levels of Care

844-892-1288

Steps Recovery Center

Payson, UT

Full Spectrum of Care

877-696-0054

Riverwoods Behavioral Health System

Riverdale, GA

Multiple Levels of Care

866-246-8017

Park Royal Hospital

Fort Myers, FL

Multiple Levels of Care

844-763-3294

Denver Recovery Center

Denver, CO

Multiple Levels of Care

855-729-4891

America’s Rehab Campuses

Tucson, AZ

Multiple Levels of Care

877-484-7367

Keystone Treatment Center

Canton, SD

Multiple Levels of Care

855-417-3666

Azure Acres Recovery

Sebastopol, CA

Multiple Levels of Care

877-872-7360

Dana Point Rehab Campus

Dana Point, CA

Multiple Levels of Care

866-944-2609

Northeast Addiction Treatment Center

Quincy, MA

Multiple Levels of Care

855-831-4406

JourneyPure – Tennessee

Knoxville, TN

Multiple Levels of Care

(844) 899-9541

Southeast Addiction Center

Atlanta, GA

Multiple Levels of Care

855-614-6174

Steps Recovery Center – St. George

St. George, UT

Full Spectrum of Care

844-919-0017

The Camp Recovery Center

Scotts Valley, CA

Multiple Levels of Care

877-282-5771

Moonlight Mountain Recovery

Pocatello, ID

Multiple Levels of Care

866-831-4706

Newport Institute for Young Adults – Southern California

Santa Ana, CA

Multiple Levels of Care

877-604-7184

Duffy’s Napa Valley Rehab

Calistoga, CA

Multiple Levels of Care

844-766-4576

Acadiana Treatment Center

Sunset, LA

Multiple Levels of Care

855-548-6273

Oasis Behavioral Health Hospital

Chandler, AZ

Multiple Levels of Care

855-338-0838

Cascade Behavioral Health Hospital

Tukwila, WA

Multiple Levels of Care

855-419-6205

Harbor Oaks Hospital

New Balitmore, MI

Inpatient

866-468-6148

Amethyst Recovery

Port St. Lucie, FL

Multiple Levels of Care

888-965-6726

Vermilion Behavioral Health Systems

Lafayette, LA

Multiple Levels of Care

888-494-6620

Ohio Hospital for Psychiatry

Columbus, OH

Multiple Levels of Care

866-439-6540

Sunflower Wellness Retreat

Osawatomie, KS

Multiple Levels of Care

888-411-9183

Ambrosia Treatment Center

West Palm Beach, FL

Inpatient

866-970-0918

Recovery Unplugged Austin Rehab Center

Austin, TX

Multiple Levels of Care

844-817-9493

Rebound Behavioral Health Hospital

Lancaster, SC

Multiple Levels of Care

855-336-7623

TruVida Recovery

Lake Forest, CA

Full Spectrum of Care

888-717-0038

Life Center of Galax

Galax, VA

Multiple Levels of Care

855-428-7940

Options Behavioral Health Hospital

Indianapolis, IN

Multiple Levels of Care

844-530-2836

Newport Academy – Teen Rehab Center

Bethlehem, CT

Multiple Levels of Care

866-604-7184

Delta Med Center

Memphis, TN

Outpatient

877-235-0382

White Deer Run

Allenwood, PA

Multiple Levels of Care

877-638-3697

Recovery Unplugged Lake Worth Detox, Rehab, and Treatment Center

Lake Worth, FL

Multiple Levels of Care

888-283-0199

Mixing Alcohol And Antidepressants

Combining alcohol with antidepressants is an unfortunate practice that has fatal outcomes. It is strongly discouraged as its effects are dangerous. Since both antidepressants and alcohol can lead to drowsiness and decreased alertness, results can create challenges on the job, health issues, and other problems.

Ready to get help?

Don’t waste another second. Enter your number to receive a call
from a compassionate treatment expert.

Make a Call (855) 826-4464

- OR -

Request a Call
(877) 746-0480

The combination of alcohol and antidepressants can be very complicated if someone battled drinking, binge drinking, heavy drinking, or an alcohol use disorder before taking antidepressants. Furthermore, if someone decides to stop taking drugs for depression and starts drinking, he or she can worsen symptoms of depression.

The Effects Of Combining Alcohol With Antidepressants

Antidepressant classifications such as MAOIs combined with alcohol can result in higher than average blood pressure or a fatal or non-fatal stroke. Other antidepressants combined with alcohol can bring about feelings of drowsiness, dizziness, problems driving or performing with heavy machinery, and problems focusing. Unfortunately, people have died combining antidepressants with alcohol, as struggling with depression and drinking can bring about suicidal thoughts, actions, or attempts.

If someone who is combining alcohol with antidepressants stops taking their antidepressants, and begins relying on alcohol alone, bigger problems can occur. Someone could end up drinking too much and developing an alcohol use disorder. Combine this with them having a history of depression, and there could be an increased risk of:

  • Alcohol abuse
  • Liver cirrhosis
  • End stage alcoholism
  • Miscarriage 
  • Liver damage
  • Anxiety
  • Alcohol withdrawal symptoms

Liver damage can occur as alcohol and medication can cause liver toxicity. If drinking moderately or heavily, other organs can become impacted by alcohol use, like the brain. Combining alcohol and antidepressants can worsen the impact.

Pregnancy, Alcohol, And Antidepressants

Drinking while pregnant is already risky; however, taking antidepressants does not have any known risks toward the unborn child, with the exception of Paxil. Most of the antidepressants do not get transferred through breast milk. Nevertheless, when alcohol gets thrown into the equation, risks like Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), poor brain function, and alcohol dependence become possibilities.

An expecting mother is putting both herself and her unborn child at risk for the dangers associated with drinking. For example, a mother who drinks can develop a tolerance to alcohol. Secondly, she may accidentally combine alcohol with other drugs prescribed for pregnancy that can have an impact on the unborn child. In the case of FADS, the child may have a smaller than average sized head, learning disabilities, and other developmental challenges. Fortunately, there is help available specific for neonatal care. Medical treatment professionals can detect substance abuse and risks associated with problem drinking or medications that can impact the mother and unborn child.

Questions about treatment?

Get confidential help 24/7. Call now for:

  • Access to top treatment centers
  • Caring, supportive guidance
  • Financial assistance options
(855) 826-4464

Types Of Antidepressants

Antidepressants are drugs that treat depression, and are 1 of the 3 most commonly used drug classes in the U.S. A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report cites an increase in antidepressant use from 1999 to 2014. During 2011 to 2014, there was a reported 12.7% of people 12 years old and older using antidepressants. Women were twice as likely to use antidepressants compared to male counterparts. Antidepressants fall into 2 main categories: Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs) or Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors (MAOIs). However, there are other types of antidepressants available such as:

  • Dopamine Reuptake Blocker
  • Serotonin and Norepinephrine Reuptake Inhibitors (SNRIs)
  • Tricyclic antidepressants (TCAs)
  • Tetracyclic antidepressants
  • 5-HT1A receptor antagonist
  • 5-HT2 receptor antagonist
  • 5-HT3 receptor antagonist
  • Noradrenergic antagonist

Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs) also treat Obsessive Compulsive Disorders (OCD), anxiety, and bulimia. MAOIs also treat Parkinson’s disease.

Don't Let Covid-19 Stop You from Getting Help

Rehabs are still open!

How Antidepressants Work

According to Healthline.com, SSRIs work by, “preventing your blood from absorbing serotonin.” Classifications of drugs like SSRIs and MAOIs are highly effective in reducing symptoms associated with depressive episodes, although some will have side effects. Popular drugs like Cymbalta, Prozac, Zoloft, Lexapro, Paxil, and Pexeva work to increase and improve serotonin in the brain and produce more norepinephrine in the brain.

These medications balance neurotransmitters in the brain, leading to better moods, quality sleep, ability to focus, and increased appetite. Some antidepressants like Cymbalta can counter nerve pain that comes with fibromyalgia, while other antidepressants can relieve migraines. In some cases, some of these drugs can reduce physical pain. Pain relief can be an extremely helpful aid as depression can worsen physical pain, and pain can worsen depression. The intention of antidepressants is to help someone get over feelings of depression, eliminate bodily pain, and help them live a happier life.

Explore Your Treatment Options Today

There are many risks associated with combining alcohol and antidepressants, however, there is help available if needed. Alcohol changes the brains’ chemistry, and going cold turkey produces uncomfortable side effects like hallucinations. You don’t have to heal alone. Contact a qualified treatment provider to explore your options risk-free.

Treatment professionals are waiting for your call

(855) 826-4464

Take control of your life

Our treatment providers offer 24/7 assistance.

  • Access to top treatment centers
  • Caring, supportive guidance
  • Financial assistance options

Call now:

(855) 826-4464

OR

Have us call you:

(877) 746-0480

Where do calls go?

Calls to numbers on a specific treatment center listing will be routed to that treatment center. Additional calls will also be forwarded and returned by one of our treatment partners below.

All calls are private and confidential. Find out more about Addiction Center.

A treatment facility paid to have their center promoted here. Learn more about how to be featured in a paid listing.