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Monday, June 25, 2012 K, Community Member, asks

Q: Sertraline and the effects of alcohol

My husband is on sertraline and it's becoming more  noticable when he drinks alcohol he changes.  He can become drunk after a couple of glasses or wine sometimes and at other times can become quite rude and aggressive.  I know the answer is 'ok don't drink' but how do you address the problem fulls top?  He doesn't drink vast amounts but if it's a party he isn't going to like me saying 'hey you better slow down or may be you should stop now'

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Promilla, Community Member
6/26/12 3:47pm

Hi there, I am on Sertraline as well and do drink quite a lot of Vodka in the evenings. You are right, I have noticed a major interaction with alcohol! It can make you aggressive. The first week I went nuts a couple of times. Sertraline increases the sideeffects of alcohol a lot from my point of view. It made me nearly fall down the stairs twice. So it can be dangerous as you get drunk more quickly and more than usual. If I was you then I would maybe show him my answer to your question so he realizes that Sertraline and alcohol do have a major interaction. 

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By K, Community Member— Last Modified: 06/26/12, First Published: 06/25/12