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Antidepressants label : "Don't drink alcohol". Why? watch

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    Oh dear...
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    It is possible that the alcohol is a competitive inhibitor of whatever active ingredient the anti-depressant pill might have, which would make the pill futile.

    Also, alcohol is known to be a depressant and drinking it will only exacerbate your situation.
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    are antidepressants actually the opposite of depressant dugs like a type of stimulant? or is the name purely because they are to help with depression as in the condition so anti-depression? I know this isn't exactly on topic but this thread has made me wonder
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    (Original post by boba)
    are antidepressants actually the opposite of depressant dugs like a type of stimulant? or is the name purely because they are to help with depression as in the condition so anti-depression? I know this isn't exactly on topic but this thread has made me wonder
    i wonder this too
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    any remarks?
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    Antidepressants and alcohol act on the same set of chemical stimulants in the brain, which can impair the brain's control over the body, causing drowsiness etc.
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    (Original post by boba)
    are antidepressants actually the opposite of depressant dugs like a type of stimulant? or is the name purely because they are to help with depression as in the condition so anti-depression? I know this isn't exactly on topic but this thread has made me wonder
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    i wonder this too
    I think they are. Antidepressants often contain NRIs & NDRIs, which enhance neurotransmission, which would suggest they're a type of stimulant. Someone might need to clarify this though because I'm not 100% sure.
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    Alcohol is a depressant - GCSE Biology
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    (Original post by LornaSandison1)
    Antidepressants and alcohol act on the same set of chemical stimulants in the brain, which can impair the brain's control over the body, causing drowsiness etc.
    But my point that I'm maintaining is that it doesn't actually counter the effects of the anti depressant at all , does it?
    Apart from making you more tired for the night that you are drinking.
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    (Original post by rooney1000)
    But my point that I'm maintaining is that it doesn't actually counter the effects of the anti depressant at all , does it?
    Apart from making you more tired for the night that you are drinking.
    I've heard that combining the two can worsen depression, but I'm not sure of the science behind that, sorry.

    In some serious cases, taking the two together can lead to stroke etc something to do with the combination of certain chemicals in antidepressants and chemicals in alcohol/certain types of foods. Again, not sure on the science.
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    I thought it was recommended to avoid because it's bad for your liver.

    What my psychiatrist said. :dontknow:
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    (Original post by LornaSandison1)
    Antidepressants and alcohol act on the same set of chemical stimulants in the brain, which can impair the brain's control over the body, causing drowsiness etc.
    Not really.

    The effects of alcohol are generally from its interaction with GABA receptors which are inhibitory in nature and also from preventing LTP by reducing glutamate activation of NMDA receptors.

    Anti-depressants generally play with serotonin. A few others also include noradrenaline.

    (Original post by boba)
    are antidepressants actually the opposite of depressant dugs like a type of stimulant? or is the name purely because they are to help with depression as in the condition so anti-depression? I know this isn't exactly on topic but this thread has made me wonder
    Kind of.

    Serotonin = excitatory.
    GABA = inhibitory.
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    (Original post by Dumachi)
    It does infact put additonal stress on the liver
    well i should just give up alcohol then
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    (Original post by GodspeedGehenna)
    Not really.

    The effects of alcohol are generally from its interaction with GABA receptors which are inhibitory in nature and also from preventing LTP by reducing glutamate activation of NMDA receptors.

    Anti-depressants generally play with serotonin. A few others also include noradrenaline.



    Kind of.

    Serotonin = excitatory.
    GABA = inhibitory.
    sounds like someone studies chemistry
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    (Original post by rooney1000)
    sounds like someone studies chemistry
    Nope. Psychology.
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    (Original post by Dumachi)
    Well alcohol makes can make depression worst.
    i dont understand how alcohol is a depressant, yet people drink it to be happy and have a good time, not to make themselves depressed
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    (Original post by rooney1000)
    i dont understand how alcohol is a depressant, yet people drink it to be happy and have a good time, not to make themselves depressed
    It's a depressant that it physiologically dampens the nervous system. This is especially so in the frontal lobes which leads to disinhibition which is generally associated with 'having a good time'.

    It's not a depressant in the sense that it makes you depressed. However, that isn't to say that it is not associated with precipitating depressive symptoms though.
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    (Original post by GodspeedGehenna)
    Not really.

    The effects of alcohol are generally from its interaction with GABA receptors which are inhibitory in nature and also from preventing LTP by reducing glutamate activation of NMDA receptors.

    Anti-depressants generally play with serotonin. A few others also include noradrenaline.

    Serotonin = excitatory.
    GABA = inhibitory.
    Thanks for correcting me. My knowledge is a bit vague on this subject
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    Alcohol will affect the way in which your anti-depressants work. What's the point in going to see a doctor, being prescribed something then not following the instructions on how to take it? They don't just put warning labels on products for the fun of it.
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    (Original post by parpirate)
    Alcohol will affect the way in which your anti-depressants work. What's the point in going to see a doctor, being prescribed something then not following the instructions on how to take it? They don't just put warning labels on products for the fun of it.
    well i didnt ask to be bullied which has led to my depression did i?
 
 
 
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