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can you drink on venlafaxine

A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Allen Seely
31 years experience General Practice
OK, decaf better: Caffeine is a stimulant and Effexor (venlafaxine) is a CNS -active agent so there is a possible interaction. However alcohol should be avoided. Anoth ... Read More
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Dr. Steven Reidbord
36 years experience Psychiatry
Yes: There's no special restriction about drinking coffee while taking Effexor (venlafaxine). Of course, the caffeine may make you anxious or jumpy, but t ... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Moranville
36 years experience Psychiatry
Not a good idea: It is never a good idea to drink alcohol while taking any psychiatric medication, but 1 or 2 drinks every once in a while shouldn't be a problem.
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A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lynne Weixel
36 years experience Clinical Psychology
Plan for trouble: I think you mean 'hear' by 'understand' - if you really comprehended, you'd know that even mixing your meds is a risk for serotonin syndrome. I know, ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Fox
Dr. James Fox answered
14 years experience Psychiatry
Several problems: Effexor (venlafaxine) may be used to treat depression or anxiety. Alcohol may make depression worse and may hinder one's ability to cope w/ anxiety. ... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
25 years experience Psychiatry
Potentiation effect: The manufacturer recommends against use of alcohol while on effexor (venlafaxine). This is due to concern that the Effexor (venlafaxine) will potentia ... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Pamela Pappas
42 years experience Psychiatry
Pleurisy?: What makes you think you'll get pleurisy as a result of stopping smoking? Your lungs will actually function better when you're not inhaling smoke int ... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Melissa Conner
28 years experience Psychiatry
? Med Reaction: At 2 days it is very early in your treatment with effexor (venlafaxine). It is uncommon to see swelling with effexor (venlafaxine), however occasional ... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Pacita David
29 years experience Psychiatry
Not recommended: Psychoactive medications can cause significant central nervous system dysregulation when alcohol is consumed. Not only would you experience potential ... Read More
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A 19-year-old male asked:
Dr. Randy Baker
40 years experience Holistic Medicine
Not wise to combine: Effexor (venlafaxine) affects levels of neurotransmitters in our brain & caution should be taken when combining it with any other chemicals that affec ... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Diane Minich
37 years experience Family Medicine
Yes: Alcohol is a depressant and can often counteract and interact with the medications you are on. Tell the doctor exactly how much you are drinking and w ... Read More
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