You have reason to be concerned for this person. Both alcohol and
Zoloft are metabolized in the liver, and taking both can stress the
liver. The manufacturer of Zoloft, Pfizer, states that one should not
drink alcohol while using Zoloft. Alcohol alone can induce depression,
and alcohol consumed with Zoloft can render Zoloft useless. Taking
Zoloft with alcohol can even make some people crave more alcohol!
?Consumption of alcohol can also interact with the Zoloft you are
taking, affecting its metabolism, as well as affecting its ability to
control the depression, or other condition, for which it was
?Possible adverse reactions of Zoloft may be found in Pfizer's own
U.S. Prescribing Information. Clinical trials of Zoloft during
premarketing assessment found "aggressive reaction" to be an
"infrequent" side effect (occurring in 1/100 to 1/1000 patients) and
"suicide ideation" to be a "rare" side effect (occurring in 1/1000
patients). Pfizer's prescribing information also tells physicians to
warn patients that "the concomitant use of Zoloft and alcohol is not
?Avoid alcoholic drinks while taking ZOLOFT.?
Regarding alcohol - ?Even low doses significantly impair judgment and
coordination. In small amounts, it can induce feelings of relaxation
and tranquillity, suppress anxiety, and in some, inspire feelings of
confidence. However, as the dose is increased , normally beyond 6
ounces, the pleasant euphoric feelings begin to give way to feelings
of depression. Intoxication occurs because the liver is unable to
metabolize more than one ounce of alcohol every hour. Therefore, when
a person consumes more alcohol than the body can metabolize,
intoxication occurs. Intoxication can generally last anywhere from one
to 12 hours.?
?Finally, medications may contribute to organic erectile dysfunction.
Prescription medications for treating high blood pressure
(beta-blockers), depression (Prozac®, Zoloft®), insomnia (Ambien®),
heart disease (statins), prostate enlargement (Proscar®) or cancer
(Zoladex®), and other conditions have side effects that may include
inducing ED.5-7,21 Excessive alcohol consumption can likewise
negatively affect sexual function, especially with aging.?
?First, taking zoloft and alcohol together may enhance the effects of
the alcohol. One drink could have the effect of two drinks, for
example. The chance or severity of side effects such as drowsiness,
slow reflexes, or clouded judgment may be increased, perhaps suddenly
and without warning.
If you usually feel tired, or even a bit depressed after drinking,
then you might feel even more so if you're on zoloft.
Zoloft can also produce sedative effects; and since alcohol is a
central nervous system depressant, lowered heart rate and blood
pressure changes are possible. This becomes even more likely as the
quantity of alcohol consumed increases.
Other symptoms, including headaches and sexual dysfunction, are also
sometimes associated both with medications used to treat depression
(such as zoloft) and drinking alcohol.
Besides these very predictable interactions, a much more sinister
future lies in waiting for some users. This involves the tendency
among some patients taking zoloft to develop an almost overwhelming
craving to drink massive amounts of alcohol.
Could it be that zoloft, being a mood altering substance, removes the
self-imposed barriers that individuals place upon themselves to stop
There you go! I hop this helps you and your friend out! If you need
further assistance, please request an Answer Clarification, and allow
me to respond, before you rate.
sertraline + alcohol consumption
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Clarification of Answer by
21 Feb 2006 16:44 PST
Yes, Zoloft can cause bruising:
"Tell your doctor immediately if any of these unlikely but serious
side effects occur: black stools, "coffee ground" vomit, decreased
interest in sex, decrease in sexual ability (ejaculation delay), easy
The reason is that Zoloft can inactivate platelets, much like aspirin
is known to do.
"?Serotonin drugs may help after heart attack; they inhibit platelet activity?
Researchers at Johns Hopkins studied a group of patients who underwent
elective coronary artery stenting. They noticed that those who were
treated for depression with SSRI?s had less platelet activity than
those who did not.
SSRI?s are selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors. They ease
depression by keeping more of the body?s serotonin circulating in the
blood stream. SSRI?s include Prozac, Zoloft, Paxil, Luvox, and
Celexa along with sister drug, Serafem. The mechanisms for the SSRI
and platelet connection are still unidentified although they don?t
appear to inhibit platelet activity in the same way as some other
Hope this helped you out! Please advise your friend to contact her/his doctor ASAP!