I have been on Zoloft, 100 mg, since the middle of June or so of this year. The startup kind of sucked, but after I got through about a month and a half, I improved drastically. I made sure not to drink any alcohol during this period, as I have heard stories from some of my friends about having the worst hangovers of their lives, as well as increasing anxiety. I guess sometime around the beginning of August, I decided to have a drink. Just one beer. I did fine, although I seemed to get buzzed more than usual. I waited a few days and had another beer. Still good. Gradually, I got to where I was drinking at least one beer a night after work, maybe the occasional margarita.
Then, last Friday I made a stupid mistake: I had a large margarita, followed by a beer. I definitely had a good buzz going, but then I started feeling panicked and had to go lay down. I then proceeded to have a whole bunch of terrible nightmares. When I woke up, I felt fine. Around midday, I started feeling depressed and worthless, so I laid down on my bed. No sooner had I laid down, then I broke out in a sweat, started having hot flashes, feelings of doom, so I got up immediately and began to do laundry to occupy myself. After folding a few towels, I burst into tears, and I felt completely devastated for really no reason. I couldn't even eat dinner that night, and this girl right here doesn't miss a meal! Each day following this incident, I have had some anxiety and depression around the same time, usually between 2-4 pm.
So, here's my question: Could my drinking from this past Friday still be having an effect on me? I'm really hoping I didn't "undo" what the Zoloft has done for me. I also keep hoping that I don't have to increase my dosage after this.
Do you think this anxiety will just taper off and I will get back to the way I was before I had Friday's panic attack? I sure hope so.
And, yes, I know I was being stupid drinking with the meds, but I just adore craft beers and good tequila. It's also a part of who I was before my anxiety got out of control, so it felt good to be doing things that "normal me" would have done.