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Re: Thank You All » Sierra

Posted by paulk on June 8, 2001, at 14:14:07

In reply to Re: Thank You All, posted by Sierra on June 8, 2001, at 10:54:04

>Has anyone had problems with effexor and alcohol? Has anyone had a "relaps" while taking effexor? Also, I still feel the pangs in my nerves from the drug, anything that can help relieve that sensation?

Did you stop the Effexor?

It is well known that Alcohol causes depression – (usually referred to as a hang over< grin >). If you are taking medicine for depression – you should probably limit yourself to one drink with alcohol/per day.

Anything more than a VERY small amount per day is definitely bad for depression. One thing to keep in mind – if you screw up you liver by drinking, you can get to the point where you won’t be able to take many drugs that can help with depression.

What dosage are you taking? Some folks need 75mg/day some as much as 300mg/day.

Also Prozac is a very long half life drug – it is possible that it is still leaving you system and thus lowering the effective dose of SSRI in your system.

While there is no danger in drinking with Effexor that I know of (and I’m not a doctor – just a life long mental case that can read) – Think about it – You are taking medicine that affects your neuro transmitters. Alcohol affects neuro transmitters as well - it takes weeks for you body and system to reach a steady state system and for the drug to have full effect – if you drink you could push that steady state around and have to wait for things to come back in balance.

I’d stay clear of the booze and consider talking to your doctor about increasing your dosage.




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