Mixing Prozac and Alcohol

Fluoxetine, also known as Prozac, is a commonly prescribed medicine used to treat a wide range of disorders. It makes the symptoms of OCD, clinical depression, bulimia, frequent panic attacks and severe PMS more manageable. The names fluoxetine and Prozac will be used interchangeably.

Prozac (Fluoxetine) Mixing It and Alcohol

In some patients, fluoxetine can cause sweating, anxiety, nausea and sleepiness. This medication can also cause mood swings, sexual dysfunction and muscle spasms. People who are allergic to the ingredients of Prozac can suffer from anaphylactic shock. Hallucinations and vision problems can also happen. Diabetics should be cognizant of any changes in blood sugar while taking Prozac and ask for the doctor to adjust their diabetes medication accordingly.

Since serotonin is one of the main ingredients of fluoxetine, there is a risk of serotonin toxicity, meaning that the body has an excess of serotonin, which causes a change in the heartbeat, hallucinations, possible fever, gastrointestinal symptoms, muscle spasms and the sensation of restlessness.

Despite the long list of side effects, fluoxetine is still considered to be a relatively safe medication. It is a very effective treatment method for a wide range of mental health disorders, and most of its side effects only impact patients whose bodies are already compromised by other diseases or medications. Before taking Prozac, a patient should have a frank discussion about their medical and behavioral history with his or her physician. It is especially important for patients who are working through or are in recovery from alcohol-related substance use disorders to discuss their history with their doctor.

As previously mentioned, one of the side effects of Prozac is drowsiness. The medicine can cause excessive yawning, and it can make driving and operating machinery a dangerous task. Alcohol has the same effect on the body. It dulls the senses to the point of drowsiness. When alcohol and fluoxetine are both taken at the same time, their side effects are effectively combined, causing extreme drowsiness. This interaction between the two substances can dull the senses to the point of a loss of consciousness or even death. If a patient consumes an excessive amount of alcohol while taking Prozac, the risk of a lethal or life-altering interaction such as coma is only heightened.

Patients in long-term recovery should take special caution when being prescribed this medication. Fluoxetine comes in both pill and liquid form. The liquid version of this medication has alcohol as one of its main ingredients, so patients in long-term recovery should discuss the advantages and disadvantages with their doctor. Many patients in this situation have decided to take the pill form to avoid the risk of recurrence of alcohol use.

Obviously, the amount of alcohol included in the liquid form of the medicine is not enough to harm the patient. This should not be misconstrued to mean that a small amount of alcohol can be safely consumed while taking fluoxetine. Alcohol should be avoided while taking this medicine, whether in liquid or pill form.

Prozac (Fluoxetine) Mixing It and Alcohol

The first step to avoiding a lethal combination of these two substances is for the patient and physician to have an open and honest conversation. If the thought of abstaining from alcohol while taking Prozac seems daunting, you may have a substance use disorder.

Some patients may be hesitant to discuss such a sensitive issue with their doctor, but doctors understand that substance use disorders are treatable medical problems rather than a personality flaw. Doctors can point patients in the direction of recovery resources within the community. Fortunately, there are a variety of programs to treat these symptoms. There is a vibrant community of patients in long-term recovery who will welcome you with open arms and support you every step of the way.

Often, substance use disorders can be caused by or exacerbated by the emotional fallout from some of the very symptoms that Prozac is used to treat, such as OCD and anxiety disorders. For a patient who has battled substance use, fluoxetine presents two thrilling rays of hope. On the one hand, the patient will be treated for a mental health disorder. On the other hand, the medication used to treat the mental health disorder necessitates the treatment of the substance use disorder. When both treatments are complete, the patient will be happier, healthier and have more control of his or her life.

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