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Re: could efexor xr increase alcohol cravings?

Posted by 2em on June 20, 2003, at 22:08:49

In reply to Re: could efexor xr increase alcohol cravings?, posted by Hawk on January 17, 2003, at 2:38:10

I am a brand new poster to this board so please
excuse if this thread is dead. I was very happy to find these posts through good old google as I
have struggled with alcohol and other substances
for a couple decades now and was just recently
prescibed effexor about a month and a half ago.
I thought I had suddenly become a full blown alcoholic since may propensity to drink too much beer has definitely increased since taking this
med. I may still be a good candidate for AA memnership but since reading these posts and acknowledging my increased levels of stress
(impending surprize first child and need/desire
to buy my first house) I think I may not be succumbing to alcoholism so much as dealing with increased anxiety. I was prescibed eff. for GAD
after first trying a different anti-anxiety med whose name I have already forgot. The first was
just acting on serotonin but not as a reuptake inhibitor. I have found eff. to be much more effective though not so much in controlling my anxiety as in enhancing my mood, perhaps acting
as an anti-depressant more than remedy for anxiety. My diagnosis is somewhat speculative
since my symptoms are not really clear cut (more
of an combo of anxiety and depression than one or the other.
I have definitely found that I am able to drink more with less impairment where as the previous meds really curtailed my drinking urge more than anything else. Now the urge to drink is stronger
but the effects are less at least untill the next morning. My drinking is a bit more bingefull
than others on this thread and I don't drink as regularly but am prone to downing a 12 pack if given the oppoutunity. The morning after a 12
pack night is fairly unbearable for the fist 4
hours of the work day but I am still able to perform my work duties adequately, if not outstandingly. The negative are bad feeling of listlessness and sometime dizziness. I am intriqued by the notion of cabo craving but in sobriety I have found eff. to really kill my




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