Mixing Alcohol and Zoloft

When you’re prescribed medicine, or even if you take an over-the-counter medicine, it’s extremely important to learn everything you can about it beforehand, and discuss your full medical history with your doctor. You should also let your doctor know if you do things such as regularly drinking because there can be side effects, interactions & blackouts if you combine particular medicines and alcohol.

What about Zoloft? Zoloft has become so commonly prescribed that many people inherently believe it’s safe in all situations, and while it can be, there are things to understand before you take it.

The following is some information about Zoloft in general, as well as possible side effects, interactions & blackouts. There’s also information about mixing alcohol and Zoloft.

Mixing Alcohol and Zoloft | Side Effects, Interactions, & Blackouts
Before looking at the possible side effects, interactions & blackouts that can come from mixing alcohol and Zoloft, what is the prescription medicine and what is it used for?

Zoloft is the brand name of the generic sertraline, which is an antidepressant, used to treat symptoms of major depressive disorders. It’s part of a class of antidepressants known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors or SSRIs and these control levels of a certain neurotransmitter in the brain which is serotonin.

These are among the most widely prescribed types of antidepressants, and physicians tend to prefer them over other options because they’re believed to have fewer side effects than many other options. Zoloft can be used to treat not only major depression but also PTSD, obsessive-compulsive disorder, generalized anxiety disorder and panic disorder.

When a doctor prescribes Zoloft, they will go over the risks and ensure that these are less than the possible benefits of someone taking the medicine. With Zoloft, there is the risk of an increase in suicidal thoughts in tendencies in young people, but in adults over the age of 24, this risk isn’t believed to exist.

You should always give your doctor a complete medical history before taking Zoloft, but particular areas of focus before prescribing this drug include letting your doctor know if you have a history of drug use, suicidal thoughts, seizures or epilepsy, or bipolar disorder.

Some of the common side effects of Zoloft include sweating, nausea, diarrhea, upset stomach, sleep problems, dizziness and dry mouth. Serious but less common possible side effects can include loss of interest or ability in sex, muscle cramps, weakness, bruising easily or bleeding easily, shaking or unusual weight loss.

Zoloft can have possible side effects, interactions & blackouts when combined with MAOI inhibitors and NSAIDs.

What about mixing alcohol and Zoloft? Are there possible side effects, interactions & blackouts if you drink while on Zoloft?

Because of how commonly Zoloft is prescribed, people automatically tend to think it’s okay to mix it with alcohol, but is it?

While there is currently not a lot of research on the topic of mixing alcohol and Zoloft, the FDA warns against it.

Both alcohol and Zoloft affect the brain of the user, and the combination can lead to side effects, interactions & blackouts. For example, when you drink alcohol it depresses the messaging in your brain and central nervous system, while Zoloft affects your neurotransmitters as well.

When you’re mixing alcohol and Zoloft, all of the possible side effects, interactions & blackouts of each of the substances on their own can become increased. For example, if you mix alcohol and Zoloft you may experience dizziness, depression, an increase in suicidal thoughts, headaches, nausea, diarrhea, extreme drowsiness, and anxiety.

Some people who use alcohol and Zoloft at the same time have reported that it makes them feel more intoxicated than they would otherwise, and they may have impaired coordination and judgment quickly and without warning.

With alcohol and Zoloft or alcohol and any antidepressant, there’s another reason the two don’t mix. Since alcohol is a depressant and it impacts your brain, it can make the underlying symptoms Zoloft is treating worse. For example, if you’re on Zoloft for anxiety or depression, drinking can actually amplify your symptoms of the disorder and make it seem like your medicine isn’t working.
There’s another reason to avoid mixing alcohol and Zoloft as well. This is the fact that if you do drink while you’re on Zoloft, you may be more likely to miss a dose or not take your medicine as instructed, which can create severe side effects.

If you’re taking Zoloft, you shouldn’t also drink alcohol, particularly without speaking with your physician first.

Zoloft is a prescription antidepressant and when combined with alcohol it can make the symptoms of both substances worse, and can also lead you to feel intoxicated very quickly.

Both alcohol and Zoloft affect the brain, and when the two are paired with one another, it can lead to serious problems. Alcohol can also make symptoms of an underlying mental health condition like depression or anxiety worse, which is another reason you should avoid mixing alcohol and Zoloft.