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Re: Alcohol and anti-depressants--TopCat

Posted by Mitch on October 13, 2001, at 15:37:58

In reply to Re: Alcohol and anti-depressants--TopCat, posted by MM on October 13, 2001, at 8:57:29

> Hey TopCat,
> When I'm on SSRI's I get strong urges to drink alcohol too. When I'm off of them, I'll be up for drinking (moderately, and not all the time, any time, which isn't the same as craving it), but I KNOW it's the SSRI's because while I was on serzone I got pretty bad (wanting it excessively, blacking out, doing STUUUUPPPIIIDDD things), then I quit the serzone (cold turkey BTW, which is pretty much how I've quit all SSRI's because I just ran out of them) and my urge to drink disappeared. When I went back on paxil about a month and a half ago along with depakote, the urge came back, tho not as strong (probably because I'm only on 10mg paxil). I've actually read about this side-effect on the web somewhere (sorry, no idea where). Anyway, just saying I've had this effect too, and you MIGHT want to try stopping the SSRI you're on for a while (tapering) and see if this SE goes away (but I'm not saying you should as I am not your Pdoc and you should talk to him/her before you do). HTH

Yes, I have heard that too here on this board. I wished I could remember who posted it-but they mentioned that thier pdoc didn't like SSRi's because they interfered with dopamine and that interference triggered the alcohol cravings. FWIW, here is a list of all the AD's that I have tried that *reduced* alcohol cravings:
1) Desipramine (the most by far)
2) Wellbutrin
3) Adderall
4) Effexor (may have had more to do with its nauseating qualities!)




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