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Re: Alcohol and Effexor

Posted by sillyhead on August 5, 2002, at 9:55:42

In reply to Alcohol and Effexor, posted by mara talamaur on August 2, 2002, at 22:01:22

> Greetings,
> and I just learned the alcohol competes for the some of the same liver enzymes that Effexor is metabolized with. This means that when you drink, alcohol may have more of an effect as your liver will take a bit longer to metabolize it, or you won't metabolize Effexor as fast and there may/may not be some associated side effects with that.

Hello Everyone! I sometimes drink on the weekends, especially if I am at the cottage. And I have not had any negative consequences, but I have noticed that while taking effexor, I do feel the drink more, which makes sense based on what Mara said.
I may have a couple drinks in the afternoon and then anywhere from 3 to 5 beverages in the evening. I am 5 feet, 3 inches, about 120 pounds and I do mix drinks, such that I may have liquor or coolers in the afternoon, red wine with dinner, and beer or liquor in the evening. I have had no problems and the drunk feeling is pretty good, whereas before effexor, drinking sometimes made me feel more depressed (as I'm sure you all know alcohol is a depressant).
Anyway, just thought I'd throw my experience in, where drinking and effexor is concerned.
> In addition, the metabolic product of Effexor is similar to tricyclic antidepressents which can be hard on the circulatory system....something to watch out for as long-term clincal studies come out.
> Cheers,
> Mara




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