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Re: alcohol and effexor xr

Posted by 2em on August 3, 2003, at 12:20:47

In reply to Re: alcohol and effexor xr zalle, posted by featherchickie on July 27, 2003, at 23:58:54

I recently discussed the effexor and it's
seeming effect of increasing my cravings
for and the effects of alcohol with my PDOC.
He was surprized to hear about it. Essentially
Eff and alc. should not be metabolically
reactive in the body, so the compounds in their
form in the bloodstream should not be effecting
each other. This, along with the variety of
experiences reported here made me think that it
is not the eff that is effecting alcohol but
perhaps other changes in body chemisty perhaps
indirectly linked to eff. Perhaps even changes
in serotonin and norepinephrine which I belive
eff works on. Basically it seems that humans have
a wide range of metabolic reactions to alcohol
such that some can down a 6 pack with out even
slurring speech while others are wasted after
2 drinks. Given differing tolerances for alcohol
it seems natural that after other changes in
chemistry our reactions to alcohol should differ
even if these changes are not directly caused by
eff (or other drugs). Teasing out the exact links
of cause and effect is probably not possible
especially on an individual basis. I think as others have said the best thing to do is be
careful. There are things to be learned by pushing
limits but when it comes to your brain and body
chemistry there are real dire consequences to be
aware of, some like death which can be sudden, and
some like alcoholism which you have to deal with
all your life.


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