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Re: Effexor XR and alcohol LynnPerley, Lynnads

Posted by lucky on January 13, 2003, at 23:50:24

In reply to Re: Effexor XR and alcohol LynnPerley, Lynnads lucky, posted by lynnads on January 13, 2003, at 22:03:02

Sure thing- I started taking eff. XR beginning of october of 2002 and i have worked my way up to 150mg's. I was on this dose for 1 1/2 months before i went to my doc last week and told him that the anxiety and mild depression was kicking in again, so he suggested to work up to 225mg's (currently taking 187.5) and see how that goes. In terms of side effects, I think mine are fairly common (yawning, feeling tired, spacey) these seemed to only occur when i first started the meds and when i jumped from 75 to 150. That's been about it.
I would say for the past month or so, i've been feeling unmotivated and easily overwhelmed/short tempered.
I'm not sure if this is a side effect or just caused by normal day-to-day events, but in any case this is what spurred the drinking. Having a few (sometimes 4-5) drinks would calm me down and take the edge off. But as you know from reading on this board everyone reacts differently to these meds and i find it difficult for me to determine if my actions or lack of actions are natural or caused by a side effect of taking effexor. I do know that for awhile i had some positive experience on effexor, so with that said, i am going to work my way up to 225mg's and see if that helps.
I was also concerned about the side effects associated to weaning off, but i'm on it now, so I will follow everyone elses advice and wean off slowly. BTW- this is the first AD i've ever taken, although i believe i've been fighting GAD and depression for 20 years or so. Anyway, this is still fairly new to me and i've learned alot from other posters. One thing i have learned is that it may take some time to find the right med or combination, so i'll continue to search if the effexor doesn't work out. How about you? what side effects are you having? Have you tried anything else? Well that's my story, hope you can get something out of it. :)




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