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Effects of fluoxetine & alcohol

Updated July 19, 2017

Fluoxetine (brand name Prozac) is a medication used to treat depression and is part of a class of antidepressants called SSRIs (Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors) that regulate the chemicals of the brain that affect moods.

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Side effects

According to pdrhealth.com, reported side effects can include abnormal dreams, abnormal ejaculation, problems with vision, anxious feelings, chest pain, chills, confusion, diarrhoea, decreased libido, dizziness, dry mouth, flu-like symptoms, flushing, gas, headache, hives, impotence, impaired thinking, insomnia, itching, loss of appetite, nausea, nervousness, rash, seizures, sex-drive changes, sinusitis, sleepiness, sore throat, sweating, tremors, upset stomach, vomiting, weakness and excessive yawning.


As with all medications, caution is advised when taking medications or eating foods that have a high chance of interacting with Prozac. Alcohol is something that should not be used when taking Prozac.


Consuming alcohol while taking Prozac can put a person at risk for increased side effects, decreased effectiveness of the drug itself, or altered effects.

Side effects from alcohol consumption during Prozac therapy

Though effects vary from person to person, one can expect an increase in depressed mood, drowsiness, disinhibition and increased anxiety, in addition to the side effects listed above.


The FDA issued black-box warnings for all SSRIs regarding the risk for suicidal thoughts and behaviours while taking this medication. Drinking alcohol can increase any side effect, so it is strongly recommended people avoid alcohol while taking Prozac.

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About the Author

Rebecca S. McClinton

Rebecca McClinton has been freelance writing since 2003. She currently works in a hospital pharmacy and maintains a hospital-wide web page for over 75 hospital administrative assistants. She received a degree in English from the University of New Hampshire. Due to her work at the hospital, she has experience in joint commission hospital accreditation practices.

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