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Re: alcohol versus lexapro lil' jimi

Posted by oldhand on June 12, 2003, at 12:16:18

In reply to Re: alcohol versus lexapro oldhand, posted by lil' jimi on June 12, 2003, at 11:27:35

> hey there, Oldhand!
> miss having you check in with us here ..... glad to hear you're hanging in there!
> a while back i replied to DC:
> > >
> > > ... you know, Someone, not blkvettes, but somebody, a long time ago, posted about this and i got confused and thought it was Wayne (blkvettes) .... i only remember that they felt one of the effects of Lexapro for them was their desire/interest/need for alcohol had decreased and they gave up drinking as a result ....
> > >
> > > because alcohol is a major depressant, i understand that we, as anti-depressant users are advised to curtail our alcohol consumption ..... anyway.
> > >
> > >
> to which you were kind enough to reply with:
> > Hi all! I am one of those people who no longer have the desire to drink alcohol since starting Lexapro. I have been taking it since November, 10 mg and I really have lost the desire to drink. Oh, it occurs to me that I want beer but then it passes very quickly. I was seriously abusing alcohol for a long time, probably self medicating. Now I barely miss it and have lost 40 pounds!!!
> > I began with a new shrink yesterday and she increased my Lex from 10 to 20mg at my request. I have felt pretty good on the Lex at 10mg but not as well as I would like to. I am living with the elderly parents at age 53 after going on disability and letting my house go. It is quite a change for an independent like me. But I am very thankful not to have that NEED for alcohol anymore.
> >
> and now i continue my response to your reply here:
> even though i have not had an alcohol problem, i find it validating that it is possible that neurotransmitter dysfunction(s) that may lead to "self-medicating" with alcohol (which may well lead to alcohol abuse) could be compensated for or alleviated enough for folks to recover from alcohol dependence.
> even as a theory, this suggests the powerful efficacy of lexapro's ssri effect and the real possibility of non-alcohol-related benefits to our sisters and brothers in lexapro... ... ....
> ... ... because if it is even likely that lex could successfully stabilize the neurotransmitters for folks trying to recover from alcohol addiction, then we might reasonably hope that lex may well be powerful enough to help any of us.
> anyway that is my theory,
> and you, ol' friend oldhand are very kind to refresh my memory (i share memory issues with several other of our lex posters) that it was you i was trying to remember and
> thus offer your validation of the theory ... ...
> ... ... and you ARE no "theory"!... ... you are REAL! .... YEAH!
> and thanks! ... i appreciate that! ... and your reply!
> please, keep us posted and
> (you know where i get this!)
> TAKE CARE !!!!!!!
> ~ jim
> p.s. congratualtions on your weight loss!.... all of the ED and OCDers should get to hear about this.
> ~ j

LIL Jimi, Thanks much for the encouraging words! I also have a theory that alcohol use/abuse may be the reason that so many of the AD's I've tried, pooped-out. While we are all aware of the depressant effects of alcohol, it was hard to learn that I was just negating the effects of the AD's. For me, something in the Lex seems to have replaced the craving and it (beer) does not even taste good to me anymore. I have had a few in the last six months but it didn't do what I remember it doing for me so why bother (and all those extra calories!) <grin> As a friend of mine said to me "you've probably drunk your share." And I guess I have!!!
I'll keep you posted about the increase in Lex. Shrink seemed to want to add bi-polar to my dx and maybe some Lithium, but am keeping a mood diary for her. I sure haven't felt "real good" like the mania end of it so I am not ready to accept that yet.
And to all you newbies........Keep on keepin on, it is worth it when the Lex kicks in for you. With wishes for peace for us all.




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