How much alcohol can one drink while taking Lithium? I had two beers last night and a few hours later started having manic symptoms, could not sleep, finally sleep and woke up depressed with some mania. Can I still lightly drink or not? I like a glass of wine now and then too. I have never been a heavy drinker, but like a little bit now and then. I have been a mess today.
I don't know anything about the affects of alcohol and lithium, but you should NEVER drink with anti-depressants. Not only does it counter act the antidepressants, it reverses the affects and makes you a lot more depressed and more likely to have suicidal thoughts.
I know some people do drink with them, but you are never ever suppose to.
Yeah, I learned my lesson. One beer or one glass of wine does not bother me, it is only if I go past that. I have noticed my system is very sensitive on Lithium. I read that it is ok to drink as long as it is not too much, but for me, even beyond a little is too much! This beer was a winter stout and it was so very yummy but really got me later that evening. I will not make that mistake again!
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