Can you drink alcohol while taking anafranil?

Anafranil is an antidepressant medication that is often prescribed to individuals suffering from conditions such as obsessive-compulsive disorder, depression and anxiety. However, one common question people ask when they’re on the drug is whether or not it’s safe to drink alcohol while taking anafranil.

Well, look no further! We’ve delved into this question with all the intellectual rigor of a drunkard at closing time.

What Is Anafranil?

Let’s start off by taking a deep dive into what makes up Anafranil, so we can better understand why mixing it with alcohol might be problematic. The active ingredient in Anafranil is clomipramine hydrochloride (hold your applause). This compound belongs to a category of medications known as tricyclic antidepressants (TCAs) – think Ferris wheels, but considerably less fun- which were first introduced in the 1950s. They’re effective antidepressants because they target specific neurotransmitters in your brain- namely serotonin and norepinephrine- thus affecting mood regulation and making you feel like less of a Debbie Downer.

Clomipramine works by inhibiting proteins that reabsorb dopamine and serotonin back into nerve cells after use (we’re getting scientific now), allowing these chemicals more time to remain present within synapses between neurons. Simply put: It keeps more happy juice floating around for longer periods.

But enough about science class; let’s talk about how drinking too much leaded gasoline could damage your car engine…or something like that.

If you take Anafranil alongside booze (cue ominous music), there are potentially harmful side effects you need to be aware of including:

Increased Drowsiness

Ever been so drowsy after drinking that you could sleep through a screamo concert? Well, the danger increases exponentially when combined with Anafranil.

Impaired Motor Function

Whether you’re trying to twerk like Miley Cyrus or trying to rollerblade down a curved hill (for the love of all that is holy don’t do either), alcohol consumption combined with Anafranil can leave you wobbly and less coordinated than an adorable puppy after too much caffeine.


If spinning around on carnival rides isn’t your thang- then drinking heavily while taking Anafranil most definitely won’t be as it increases dizziness levels.


Alcohol overconsumption in combination with taking Anafranil often doesn’t mix well – best case scenario: two steps forward, one vomitous step back…if you catch our drifts, leading to unpleasant occurrences such as nausea and vomiting.

Now, there’s nothing wrong with enjoying a glass of wine or shot of tequila every now and again (yay fun things!). However, if you have been prescribed this medication for mental health treatment reasons; its important potential adverse effects are not overlooked just because they might conflict temporarily with your social life.

With enough time spend living under a rock it would be easy to forget but sometimes when we take medications; we may begin experiencing positive effects more quickly than otherwise (I know who’d thunk). In light of these findings ,and increased awareness surrounding general substance interactions; many have begun investigating whether combinations between alcohol & anti-depressants affect individual outcomes including quickening response times in some patients yet dampening progress for others.

This means individual experiences during prescribed treatments involving both substances varies greatly by individual (& their specific reactions)

What To Do If You’ve Been Drinking

Ok guys (or gals)- we’re not talking about drinking some water after one too many. If you’re taking Anafranil and you’ve been bingeing on Long Island iced teas (or whatever suspicious mixed drinks they serve at your local café), put down the bottle immediately. Call a cab, reach out to a friend or family member, watch Spongebob reruns- anything that’ll keep you from drinking anymore until you’re able to sober up.

If the situation is more serious (which we hope it isn’t) than feeling dizzy and drunk; please contact emergency services.

In conclusion (Yay! We’ve made it friends!), if you’re taking Anafranil as part of your antidepressant or anxiety management regimen…we strongly advise avoiding alcoholic beverages altogether (chug-a-lug nope). While it may sound like fun mixing psychoactive medications with adult libations but in reality, dealing with dangerous side effects makes for an unpleasant combo.

Just remember: prioritizing your mental health by maintaining adequate expectations while undergoing treatment is priority number one..and looking foolish at karaoke bars/smelling funny just aren’t worth the risk.

Stay safe folks- hopefully this has cleared things up(fingers crossed) regarding whether alcohol can be ingested when prescribed antidepressants are involved…. Now go forth -sans booze & live merrily ever after!

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