Alcohol, Lithium and Olanzapine

This was just a passing thought today when I had a couple of beers. We all know that mood stabilisers and anti-psychotics have alcohol listed as avoid when taking said medication.

After my first beer I got the same “spaced” feeling that you get when you take a strong analgesic such as tramadol or oxycodone. The following two beers just increased this sensation. I am not going to lie, it felt good. I was calm, relaxed and more importantly not manic or depressed.

My parting thought is, does anyone else get this feeling when drinking alcohol on this type of medication.

I could envision that some people prone to addiction have the potential to become alcoholics from this spaced feeling.

What are your thoughts?


  1. I wouldn’t call myself an addict but I have definitely had problems in the past with combining alcohol and anti depressants/anti psychotics. The high is great but the hangover usually lasts 3 days and it ends up not being worth it. That’s my experience anyway.

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  2. I get the same type of feeling after a glass of wine or two. It totally chills me out and my depression doesn’t seem to effect me and I’m happy. I have to be careful how often I drink because I could get use to that feeling. I don’t want to become addicted. I see how easy it could be.

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