Does Caffeine From Coffee or Tea Flush Out Antidepressants?


Asked by sandy

Coffee Or Tea Not Good At Maintaining Antidepressants In System?

Does caffeine from coffee or tea seem to flush out antidepressants? I drink a lot of both and wonder the effects. Anyone?


Hi Sandy

This is a really interesting question. I am wondering what type of antidepressant you are currently taking.

I think a lot of folk drink a lot of coffee in particular because it does have some antidepressant properties. Here is an article discussing this right here.

A Consumer Reports article has this to say about caffeine and antidepressants: "Caffeine can interact with several medications, including certain antidepressants and antipsychotics, increasing the risk of side effects."

A Discovery Health article) strongly recommends that you "Limit caffeine. Too much caffeine (more than 225 mg., or 2 cups of brewed coffee or 4 cans of cola) can interfere with antidepressant medications. For instance, too much caffeine can cause irregular heartbeat and an increase in blood pressure if you're taking MAOI medications. Caffeine can also increase anxiety and restlessness in people taking SSRIs and decrease the effectiveness of tricyclic antidepressants (TCAs)."

I would strongly recommend that you discuss this with your doctor to find out exactly how caffeine may affect taking your particular medication.

Thank you for your question!

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