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Re: psych meds and substance abuse (to saint james

Posted by LORI on November 1, 1999, at 6:11:18

In reply to Re: psych meds and substance abuse (to saint james, posted by saint james on October 31, 1999, at 20:26:08

> > > James--I've had difficulty getting straight answers on this. inserts and Rx's just say, "Don't use alcohol", but never will say why. I mean, I don't want to get drunk every night, but if I take 400mgs. Wellbutrin/day, and then have 3 or 4 beers over the course of a long evening out, will I fry my brain or something? Anybody know the consequences?
> >
> James here....
> generally the "avoid alcohol" has to do with most AD's being sedating, and alcohol makes this worse.
> probably alcohol makes AD's less effective, but a few drinks a week is not going to hurt. The Rx always puts "aviod alcohol" stickers on anything thing that is sedating, like antihistamines, ect.
> To be safe, do ask you doc or Rx if there is a specific problem or is it just the sedation issue.
> Have a glass of wine, or whatever, at home first to see if sedation increases.
> j
All I know for sure is that alcohol is a depressant in any amount. It makes no logical sense to take a antidepressant and then take a depressant! In any amount.




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