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Anon_153382 posted:
Hi everyone, my wife has taken up the habit of "numbing" herself when she gets home in the evening by mixing alchohol, Celexa, and xanax to deal with stress and anxiety. I'm very concerned about the mixture hurting her. She's drinking about 6-8 beers, taken her regular daily dose of Celexa, and about 1 mg of Xanax. The effect that the combination has is amazing in that she looks and acts like she drank about 16 beers once she mixes the Celexa and alchohol and it's instantaneous. It happens about 30 minutes after she's taken the Celexa on top of the 6 or so beers. Can anyone help me please?
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James Golden, MD responded:
It is problematic anytime a person mixes alcohol and medication, especially benzodiazepines like Xanax. Taking Xanax with alcohol is like a "double whammy." Xanax is really alcohol in a pill. So, taking Xanax with a shot of alcohol is like trying to put out a fire by pouring turpentine on it.

A deeper question here is why your wife is on both of these medications. I recommend she have a candid discussion with her primary physician, letting her doctor know that she is also using alcohol because she feels a need to "numb herself." Diagnosing the cause of the problem can lead to an appropriate solution. If she continues with her current self-prescribing behavior, she could cause herself permanent harm.

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