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Alcahol and amitryptline

Well first of all I know I can't spell I have always had a little drinking problem since stopping smoking weed I am now on a mix of propananol citoalopran and amitriptyline I have been having major mood swings weight gain I try to be good food wise and always end up stuffing my face some days I am really happy and the next I can flip to extreme anger or upset I have lost both my parents and found my mum passed away in her bed I have asked my doctor to cut down medication and he has said not to should I do this myself

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Evening Cosseryt .

Not a good idea to cut down on meds on your own instruction.

They have been prescribed for a reason so dont withdraw them until,you have spoken to the doc. Also ask him how they are helping you.

Some years ago I lost my mum dad and miscarried a baby- all within 5 months.It got too much for me and I had a sort of breakdown.

I was given amitryptilene but they made me quite woozy and sick.I was then given valium on top of this.Well at this point I had to stop taking them both I thought I was leaving the planet .

Maybe your doc can prescribe something else for you.

Taking alcohol with amitriptylene is NOT recommended- so cut this out as soon as you can .Alcohol changes the properties of meds a lot so this could account for the mood swings and the erratic appetite.

Not sure what you have been prescribed the amitryteline for but please speak to,doc before stopping them of your own accord.Is he aware you are drinking alcohol with them?

Hope you can get it sorted soon .

Take care.




Hi Cosseryt

As Crusee says it is not wise to cut down or stop them by yourself as many of these medications need to be brought down slowly and under medical supervision. Consuming alcohol with these medications can be dangerous, and the *HeadMed website says:

*If you drink alcohol while taking amitriptyline, having the two together might make you very sleepy. It will make you less alert when doing things that need focus, like driving. If you want to drink alcohol, remember that you might be sleepy and make sure you can get home safely.

I want to sincerely wish you all the best of luck and please take care of yourself my friend.

All my hopes and dreams for you



Im no doctor, but i think you should stick with what your prescribed. Edited By Admin Alcohol shouldn't really be taken with any medication, and has no medicinal properties. Edited By Admin like oil you drop under your tongue a few times a day.


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