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If I'm taking Effexor (venlafaxine), how does alcohol affect it?

If I'm taking Effexor (venlafaxine), how does alcohol affect it?

Be careful: In general you want to avoid or use care in combining agents that have effects on the central nervous system. Some individuals experience an increased intensity of the effect of alcohol when on an antidepressant. Alcohol in significant amounts on an ongoing basis can interfere with the effectiveness of antidepressants including effexor (venlafaxine). It would be safest to clarify with the prescribing physician. ...Read more

Dr. Budi Bahureksa
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Blackouts (Definition)

These can be thought of as having no memory or what happened during a specific period of time. As an example, patients can drink enough alcohol to experience blackouts, i.e., they have no idea what they did, where they were, or who they were with while ...Read more


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I've been taking 75mg of Effexor, (venlafaxine) and a mild dose of Vyvanse. I understand that alcohol is not a good mix, but what can I do if I plan on drinking?

I've been taking 75mg of Effexor, (venlafaxine) and a mild dose of Vyvanse. I understand that alcohol is not a good mix, but what can I do if I plan on drinking?

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, it's low doses and you're maybe a big guy. Yeah, yeah. So, if you plan to take yet more risk - don't drive or do anything that requires being clear headed and warn people w/ you how to get you to medical care if you have chest pain, rapid pulse, etc. ...Read more

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Why is drinking alcohol a problem on effexor (venlafaxine)?

Why is drinking alcohol a problem on effexor (venlafaxine)?

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. Also, I worry about people who are afraid to "give up alcohol" or can't see themselves never taking a drink again. Why would you want to potentially sabotage your treatment for a drink? ...Read more

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Side effects of Effexor (venlafaxine) while drinking alcohol?

Side effects of Effexor (venlafaxine) while drinking alcohol?

Not a great combo: As a rough rule of thumb, Effexor (venlafaxine) will double the effects of alcohol, and alcohol will double the side effects of effexor (venlafaxine). So the best recommendation is skip the alcohol. At the very least, keep this formula in mind. ...Read more

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Can I drink alcohol while taking effexor (venlafaxine) and gabapentin?

Can I drink alcohol while taking effexor (venlafaxine) and gabapentin?

Not recommended: Psychoactive medications can cause significant central nervous system dysregulation when alcohol is consumed. Not only would you experience potential side effects such as dizziness, excess sedation and drops in blood pressure, but also impaired cognitive functioning. This includes poor judgement and disinhibition. Alcohol can also interfere with full efficacy of these medications. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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I've been sober 6 months (alcohol) and am now having horrible anxiety. On Effexor (venlafaxine) & Vistaril isn't working. In therapy. What meds would help?

I've been sober 6 months (alcohol) and am now having horrible anxiety. On Effexor (venlafaxine) & Vistaril isn't working. In therapy. What meds would help?

Many options: There are many treatments for anxiety, there will certainly be something for you.

Keep in mind that it may take some time for medicines to work. If you have given your medicines enough time, perhaps they are not right for you.

It is also important to have one provider look after your medicines. If they are not working, at least let them know your concerns first. ...Read more

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Is it ok to start naltrexone and ativan during detox from alcohol while already taking Effexor (venlafaxine) for depression?

Safe detox: Not on your own it isn't! I have yet to see a patient successfully detox on their own! Now if you are in a medical detox center then possibly yes! ...Read more

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Valproic a 500mg daily (normal meds) alcohol 10-20 drinks, venlafaxine 375-525mg marijuana, no sleep 48hs, hospilization, no od, recovery time?

Short answer: I think you need to find a second opinion quickly. One meds seem too low and the other too high. Furthermore I do not think there can be any recovery till you stop the alcohol and marijuana. Plus no sleep in 48 hrs indicates you still have serious sx. ...Read more

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I am on venlafaxine XR 75mg & about to start taking Naltrexone for alcohol addiction......are they safe to use together?

I am on venlafaxine XR 75mg & about to start taking Naltrexone for alcohol addiction......are they safe to use together?

No drug-drug issue: I found no drug-drug interaction btwn Venlavaxine & Naltrexone at https://www. Drugs. Com/interactions-check. Php? Drug_list=1684-0, 2296-0. In case you're getting your prescriptions from two different doctors, make sure the other is aware and try to obtain from same pharmacy so that pharmacist can also double check for interactions, too. ...Read more

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Can you have blackouts of memory without? It being caused by alcohol or any concussion?

Can you have blackouts of memory without? It being caused by alcohol or any concussion?

Yes: Amnesia may be caused by seizures, tumors, psychiatric issues, stroke and by transient global amnesia - a curious phenomenon with loss of memory and repetitive questioning which usually disappears completely after a brief while. ...Read more

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Blackouts: alcohol induced low glucose (never before did this) - does it cause permanent damage? Should I be seen?

Blackouts: alcohol induced low glucose (never before did this) - does it cause permanent damage? Should I be seen?

See your doc: Any alcohol related blackout should be taken seriously. Whether or not you are diabetic, if you are blacking out you are having a problem with drinking. While any damage from one incident is not likely to be great, the long term of effects of drinking and blacking out are serious and progressive both physically and psychologically. You probably should not be drinking. ...Read more

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What causes blackout after drinking alcohol?

What causes blackout after drinking alcohol?

It's theorized that: Alcohol consumption impairs the transmission of neurotransmitters in the hippocampus of the brain especially gaba/ gamma amino-butyric acid and n methyl d aspartate, thus causing the black out. Bottoms up! Http://en. M.Wikipedia. Org/wiki/blackout_ (alcohol-related_amnesia). ...Read more

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Wat can cause a blackout, no drugs or alcohol were being used?

Wat can cause a blackout, no drugs or alcohol were being used?

Go to the Doctor: If that is the case you need to see your doctor this week. Please sign off of the application and get in to the family clinic to see your physician. ...Read more

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After years of drinking, is it more common to experiencing alcohol blackouts?

No.: Anyone with "alcoholic blackouts" especially recurrent in the setting of years of drinking needs evaluation by physician. ...Read more

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What if someone is driving and blackout with no alcohol or drugs present?

What if someone is driving and blackout with no alcohol or drugs present?

Below: The problem of blackouts without alcohol or drugs induced is quite long.
It is important to see your DR and have an accurate DX made.

For example: low blood sugar, seizures, etc. ...Read more

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How should one minimize alcohol related blackouts?

How should one minimize alcohol related blackouts?

Alcohol blackouts: Get help to stop drinking alcohol. Blackouts from drinking alcohol are dangerous and a sign of alcohol abuse. Talk to your pcp, consider going to an AA meeting. See: http://www. Helpguide. Org/articles/addiction/alcoholism-and-alcohol-abuse. Htm Be safe. I hope this helps. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Possible for stress to cause blackouts while drinking alcohol?

Possible for stress to cause blackouts while drinking alcohol?

Mutual support helps: Keep it simple: consider attending a meeting of alcoholics anonymous. The alcohol is what causes the blackouts, not the stress. ...Read more

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What happens to my body when I experience an alcohol induced blackout? This experience, while frequent, only occurs from spirit. Not beer/wine. Why?

Beer blackouts: Beer and wine have lower percentage of alcohol compared to spirits like vodka etc.
Question you need to ask yourself is "am I an alcoholic and what should I do about it" get help. Google aa. ...Read more

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Does drinking on anti-depressants lead to less inhibitions and blackouts than just drinking alcohol when not on medicine?

Does drinking on anti-depressants lead to less inhibitions and blackouts than just drinking alcohol when not on medicine?

More risky: Alcohol can have serious interactions with antidepressants because of combined effects on your central nervous system. Always check with your doctor before consuming alcohol while taking an antidepressant. If you're having blackouts, see your pcp without delay to be checked. Be safe! ...Read more

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Are there any studies that link Lexapro (escitalopram) and alcohol use to blackouts? I see a lot of people reporting that side affect

Yes: Alcohol alone can cause blackouts. Combining it with a variety of medications that also act on the brain intensifies the effect. Check for interactions on Drugs. Com or some related web site. ...Read more

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Is there any way to prevent alcohol blackouts? I used to be able to drink a lot and now I don't even feel drunk anymore without blacking out

Is there any way to prevent alcohol blackouts? I used to be able to drink a lot and now I don't even feel drunk anymore without blacking out

Yes there is.: DON'T DRINK to excess!!!!! Blackouts are an indication that you are drinking more than is healthy, and if you cannot moderate your drinking, it is an even greater indication that you have developed an alcohol use disorder, aka alcoholism. Blackouts are associated with the possibility of later permanent damage to your memory, as well as increasing the chance of accidents&unwanted sexual activity. ...Read more

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Is there any negative interaction between L-theanine and Effexor XR (150mg)?

Is there any negative interaction between L-theanine and Effexor XR (150mg)?

Use Caution/Monitor: There is a potential for interaction. The combination of green tea (contains theanine) may increase the risk of bleeding. ...Read more

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My Effexor (venlafaxine) ER 75 mg was bumped up to 150 mg ER. Any reason not to take 2 75's to finish them off?

My Effexor (venlafaxine) ER 75 mg was bumped up to 150 mg ER. Any reason not to take 2 75's to finish them off?

No: There should be no problem. Might as well use up what you have left over. Hope this is helpful. All the best. ...Read more

Dr. Krishna Kumar
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Venlafaxine (Definition)

It belong to classification of snri antidepressant also help anxiety start slow go slow its approved for depression and anxiety disorder there are some common side effects important never stop suddenly always taper slowly if you ever ...Read more


Effexor (Definition)

Venlafaxine is a non-tricyclic which is a kind of serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibiting drug (atypical anti-psychotic ...Read more