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Old 03-20-2007, 03:13 PM
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Zoloft and Alcohol

Do any of you take zoloft? Do you know the effects of mixing it with copious amounts of alcohol? I've been super bummed for two days since a "good" one and I really think it is the combination of the two.
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Old 03-20-2007, 03:33 PM
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ADs and Alcohol don't mix.

My experience has also been that removal of alcohol and working a recovery program lessens, if not outright removes, most anxiety and depression symptoms.
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Originally Posted by GlassPrisoner View Post
ADs and Alcohol don't mix.

My experience has also been that removal of alcohol and working a recovery program lessens, if not outright removes, most anxiety and depression symptoms.

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I respect your experience and would never want to outright dismiss what anyone says. I'm sure you've seen the results as you've written above many times and for those folks I'm elated.

I suffer from chronic depression. This malady is not interwoven with my alcoholism. As you probably know, there is a delicate balance fo chemical in the brain that when unbalanced, cause a myriad of symptoms. One of course is depression. When I got sober I experienced a time of joy and freedom. It lasted at least 3-4 years. For me, it was at that mark when I began to really feel the effects of depression. My experience has been that not all AD's are the same. Some target one chemical, some target another. Now there is one, Cybalta, that targets both.

The best way I know of to deal with depression is to consult a physician. It was only then that my diagnosis could be made and action could be taken to remedy what had become a crippling mightmare. Today I have found that regardless of whether I attend meetings or not, if my medication isn't finely balanced, I'm a basket case.

I would agree that many find peace without AD's once they begin a program of recovery in AA. I'm also of the opinion that a person is playing with fire when taking both AD's and drinking excessively. For me, if a qualified physician prescribes AD's knowing that the person drinks excessively, then that person should get a second opinion.

As Dennis Miller says, "That just my opinion, I could be wrong."
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Old 03-20-2007, 04:06 PM
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I don't dis-agree Golfman. There ARE those that really require ADs, and DO suffer from clinical depression that is not related to alcoholism. You apparently are one of them.

I wasn't one of them. It was the booze causing it. Funny, you pour a liter or two of a depressant in your body each day, and guess what ? You're depressed ! Not to mention all of the stuff being an alkie makes go wrong in your life, which further increases ones woes.

Again though. I agree, there are people that need it.
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Old 03-20-2007, 04:09 PM
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I have read of many people whose depression/anxiety disappears when they stop drinking.

But, I, like Golfman, was not one of them. My depression was with me for years and years before I began drinking. In fact, my drinking was a last-ditch effort to deal with the depression.

It is never a good idea to mix anti-depressants with alcohol. Talk to your dr and get his advice about the zoloft.
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Old 03-20-2007, 07:08 PM
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That is a good question to ask your doctor
: whothat

You could also read the paper that came
with the script or Google for info.

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