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Can abilify, Zoloft, and Wellbutrin taken with some alcohol

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Can abilify, Zoloft, and Wellbutrin taken with some alcohol cause a psychotic episode in which the patient may become belligerent, a danger to themselves or others, violent, and just a personality change altogether?

Dr_Anderson : Greetings, and thank you for your question. The short answer is, yes! Alcohol alone can do that, but when combined with prescription medications, the combo can be very dangerous (this is why there are numerous warnings to avoid mixing the drugs with alcohol). Typically, Abilify by itself will not do that. Zoloft can if the person has an underlying bipolar disorder. Wellbutrin can for the same reasons, although I have had some patients without bipolar disorder who got agitated and psychotic when they tried Wellbutrin. So, when alcohol is thrown in, the chances of something like altered mental status as you describe it go up significantly.
Dr_Anderson : Of course, once the person "sobers up" and the alcohol (and medications) is out of their system, they should go back to their baseline personality and behavior.
Dr_Anderson : If you have more questions about this, please feel free to ask! I hope this helps to get you started, though.
Dr_Anderson : Regards,
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