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So I had psychosis, is it ok if I drink alcohol

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And btw: what kind of positive and negative symptoms you had and for how long did they last?
 
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Don't know when you started smoking cannabis. Or if your brain was still developing.
 
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Don't know when you started smoking cannabis. Or if your brain was still developing.
I started smoking when I turn 17 and got hospitalized close to my 18th birthday ....so I guess yeah my brain was developing
 
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The brain is still developing until the age of 24.. not a good idea to smoke cannabis + for you in particular seems to be a gateway to mental illness (like for my son)
 
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So for how long did you have this FEP? What kind of symptoms and other effects did you experience?
 
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I started smoking when I turn 17 and got hospitalized close to my 18th birthday ....so I guess yeah my brain was developing
I don't think you should smoke or drink at all.
 
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So for how long did you have this FEP? What kind of symptoms and other effects did you experience?
It lasted nearly a month and I experienced delusions for the most part...
 
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It's a CNS, of course, and may cause issues with lowering mood but only rarely excessive use would lead to psychosis. It's more its interaction with antipsychotics that causes drowsiness that is the issue but you'd not be operating machinery if drinking so cannot see an issue.
 
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It's a CNS, of course, and may cause issues with lowering mood but only rarely excessive use would lead to psychosis. It's more its interaction with antipsychotics that causes drowsiness that is the issue but you'd not be operating machinery if drinking so cannot see an issue.
So you're saying it's fine as long as I don't do it excessively?
 
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I've drunk alcohol with almost every antipsychotic in the BNF and haven't had an issue yet, even numerous glasses and a half bottle of spirits more than once.

About the most dangerous is coming off antipsychotics with a rebound psychosis.
 
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Smoking is an issue for that lowers the effectiveness of the antipsychotic if you smoke heavily including cigarettes and tobacco; best to higher the dose in this case.
 
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Also there is some evidence that caffeine may increase the blood levels of clozapine and olanzapine.
 
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It means that if you take the antipsychotic meds clozapine or olanzapine(Zyprexa), then if you drink coffee or an energy drink that contains caffeine, then there might be more of the antipsychotic drug in your system, as if you took a larger dose. Effectively taking a larger dose of meds could possibly cause more side effects if you are not used to it. Theoretically it could also work the other way around. For example, if you drink a lot of coffee every day and you are stabilized on a certain dose of olanzapine or clozapine, then if you suddenly stop drinking coffee, you may develop less medication in your system from then on. This might cause an increase in psychotic symptoms and you may need your dose to be increased.

There is another drug named ziprasidone (Geodon) that you get a bigger dose of it absorbed into your system if you take it with food. I read that I might effectively get only half my dose if I take it on an empty stomach so my doctor told me I'm always supposed to take it with food.
 
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