Can I Drink Alcohol While Taking Seroquel?
Drinking alcohol while taking Seroquel®
fumarate) is generally not recommended. Combining the two can increase the chance and severity of several Seroquel side effects
. In addition, many people with mental illness are advised to avoid alcohol.
The Link Between Alcohol and Seroquel Side Effects
Drinking alcohol may increase your risk of certain side effects of Seroquel
, such as drowsiness or low blood pressure
(when sitting or standing up). You may also be more sensitive to the effects of alcohol if you are taking the drug. Also, you may not be able to safely drink as much alcohol as you are used to drinking in the past.
Seroquel is approved to treat schizophrenia
and bipolar disorder
. It is typically best for people with these mental illnesses to avoid alcohol, as it may worsen mental illness and is often a form of "self-medication."
Talking With Your Healthcare Provider About Alcohol and Seroquel
Although people are typically advised not to combine alcohol and Seroquel, you should not be afraid to discuss your alcohol consumption with your healthcare provider if taking the drug. Together, you and your healthcare provider can make a shared decision about Seroquel and alcohol that is right for your particular situation. If you do drink and need to stop, your healthcare provider can suggest ways to help you with this.