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Celexa and alcohol abuse
tscherm1 posted:
I started taking celexa about a year ago, and since then my drinking has increased to the point of alcohol abuse, coupled with increased blackouts. I ended up in rehab, AA, etc, with no problem drinking in the past, and considering myself a social drinker, prior to this. I have read in several forums, and spoken to a couple people that have experienced similar symptoms while taking this medication. I do not consider myself an alcoholic, and am considering (with medical supervision) taking myself off of the medication. I am still sober, and have been for 4 months, and do not plan on returning to drinking until I have completely removed myself from the medication. Has anyone else experienced this problem/situation? Is there any evidence/documentation showing a history or trend involving this issue?
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Anthony Tornay, MD responded:
From my understanding of the scenario you describe, there is no scientific evidence that antidepressants 'sensitize' the brain to the use of alcohol.

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