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The FDA states that it is not generally recommended to consume alcohol while taking Lexapro (escitalopram). You should always consult with your doctor before consuming alcohol while taking Lexapro to find out what is safe for you.

Side Effects

The FDA states that depressed patients treated with Lexapro are not advised to consume alcohol during treatment, due to the potential of worsening depressive symptoms.

The FDA also outlines a clear danger in overdosing on Lexapro and how alcohol can negatively impact overdose.

Lexapro Overdose

The FDA warns of the dangers of overdosing on Lexapro and the dangerous effects alcohol can have on the overdose of Lexapro. It is critical to know that alcohol can make symptoms of overdose worse.

Symptoms of an overdose with Lexapro, in combination or alone with alcohol or other drugs, according to the FDA, include but are not limited to:

  • Convulsions
  • Coma
  • Dizziness
  • Hypotension
  • Insomnia
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Sinus tachycardia
  • Somnolence (sleepiness or drowsiness)
  • Acute renal failure

If you or someone you know believes they have overdosed on Lexapro, call 911  immediately for medical help.


Before taking Lexapro, it is critical to speak with your doctor about potential interactions with any other prescription and/or over-the-counter (OTC) medications you are taking, as well as other health conditions that could interfere with Lexapro treatment.

Always ask your doctor about the risks of consuming alcohol before taking Lexapro. They will be able to provide the safest, most accurate information based on your individual health profile.

For more information on Lexapro interactions, please visit our interactions page.

Disclaimer: this article does not constitute or replace medical advice. If you have an emergency or a serious medical question, please contact a medical professional or call 911 immediately. To see our full medical disclaimer, visit our Terms of Use page.

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