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Monday, February 18, 2013 justice, Community Member, asks

Q: Started medicating with alcohol while on lexapro and clonazepam for depression/anxiety

lexapro and clonazepam kept my depresseion, anxiety and alcohol use at bay for over two years.  i did not drink any alcohol for over a year, which i was very proud of.  as of lately, i have been medicating myself with alcohol again and feel more depressed as if the lexapro isn't as effective.  i cannot go back to medicating with alcohol.  i was wondering if a med change would help get back on track.. any insight is appreciated.......

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Jerry Kennard, Health Pro
2/19/13 1:05pm
Alcohol is bad for two reasons. First, although it has a positive effect while you are drinking this quickly diminishes. Alcohol is a central nervous system depressant and is well known in its effects to increase both anxiety and depression. Which leads to the second reason and that is the counter effects on your medication. Alcohol may increase side effects associated with meds but it also defeats the object of the meds. My advice is to see your doctor. You probably need an evaluation and possibly a change in dosage or even medication. Reply
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By justice, Community Member— Last Modified: 03/31/14, First Published: 02/18/13