Mixing Vivactil with Alcohol
Vivactil has become a popular medication for minimizing the symptoms of depression, and this prescription should be taken extremely seriously. Vivactil can produce some negative and potentially dangerous side effects when combined with other medications or alcoholic beverages. Educating yourself about these risks is the first step to taking your medication — and your health — seriously.
Protriptyline may improve your overall mood, mental health, and increase your energy levels. Doctors have also prescribed this medication to treat attention deficit disorder (ADHD), nerve pain, and narcolepsy. Vivactil is believed to make a patient more alert, in contradiction to the sedative effects of other TCAs.
You should discuss your average alcohol consumption with your doctor before starting any prescription. Taking Vivactil in addition to any other substances that cause drowsiness — including alcohol, marijuana, and muscle relaxants — should be brought to your physician’s attention.
If you believe you or a loved one is showing signs of having a psychological need for this drug, don’t be afraid to seek professional help. Only take Vivactil as directed and never combine it with other substances without a doctor’s approval to avoid dangerous side effects.
Vivactil should not be taken in combination with other medications used to treat anxiety or depression. You should not start taking Protriptyline if you have been on an SSRI antidepressant in the past five weeks, including citalopram, sertraline, and Prozac. All MAO inhibitors should be avoided while taking this medication, as using these in combination with Vivactil can cause a severe or even fatal reaction.
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