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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

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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


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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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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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What are the symptoms if you stop taking? Effexor?

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What are the symptoms if you stop taking? Effexor?

Effexor (venlafaxine): Withdrawal can be intense if suddenly quit from being on high dose. Can have nausea, upset stomach, diarrhea, shakes, dizziness, headache, lightheadedness, general feeling of being keyed up. ...Read more

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Please describe the medication: effexor (venlafaxine)?

Please describe the medication: effexor (venlafaxine)?

Depression/anxiety: Venlafaxine (effexor) is an snri (serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor) that is used for the treatment of depression; depression & anxiety; generalized anxiety disorder; & social anxiety. Effexor (venlafaxine) xr is sometimes used for panic disorders. It can cause nausea, headaches, anxiety, insomnia, drowsiness. & hypertension. Seizures have been reported. Be careful not to discontinue it suddenly. ...Read more

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What would happen if you combined Effexor (venlafaxine) and ecstasy?

What would happen if you combined Effexor (venlafaxine) and ecstasy?

Really bad result: I would not recommend this. First, since it's bought on the street, you do not know what is really in the substance you think is ecstasy. If it is actually ecstasy you could induce a deadly serotonin syndrome. Depending on dose of Effexor (venlafaxine) you will also be inhibiting reuptake of norepinephrine -- the combo can lead to anxiety, panic, etc. If not prescribed for you, do not take Effexor (venlafaxine) at all. ...Read more

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Changing from Effexor (venlafaxine) and seqelor to cellexa any advice?

Yes: Discuss w/ the Dr making the change. Ask lots of questions (plan ahead in written notes) and be sure they know about all other things you take. It's always the right thing to do and very important. Best! ...Read more

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How to quit effexor (venlafaxine)?

How to quit effexor (venlafaxine)?

Common: Commonly can cause discontinuation syndrome. Best to come off of it slowly. Discuss this option with your physician as stopping it abruptly can lead to discontinuation syndrome. ...Read more

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Venlafaxine 75mg (effexor) side effect?

Venlafaxine 75mg (effexor) side effect?

Effexor (venlafaxine): Like many antidepressants may cause weight gain, fatigue and sexual dysfunction. Usually mild if at all and tremendous benefits in treating depression and anxiety. ...Read more

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Side effects for effexor (venlafaxine)?

There are more: Potential side effects than can be listed in 400 characters or less. Please see:

http://www. Drugs. Com/sfx/effexor-side-effects. Html. ...Read more

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Side effects of being on venlafaxine (effexor)?

Mostly gi: Remember not everyone gets side effects and most go away with time on the med. Initially stomach ache, diarhea or constipation is common but is less with xr. Sexual side effects of delayed orgasm and low libido are dose related. Some gain wt if not careful with diet. Major complaints come from missing doses including dizzines and electric shocks which goes away with taking missed dose. ...Read more

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Can I take melatonin with effexor (venlafaxine)?

Can I take melatonin with effexor (venlafaxine)?

Melatonin and effexo: Yes you can, ther is no interaction. ...Read more

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Long term side effects of effexor (venlafaxine)?

Long term side effects of effexor (venlafaxine)?

Effexor (venlafaxine): Effexor (venlafaxine) is used to treat depression and anxiety. The most common are headaches, high blood pressure, chest pain, blureed vision and withdrawals if tapered off too quickly.
The best advice is to call your doctor for medical advice about side effects, if concerned. ...Read more

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Can Effexor (venlafaxine) lead to claustrophobia?

Short term: Serotonin antidepressants are effective in treating many forms of anxiety, however these medications (perhaps venlafaxine (effexor) and duloxetine (cymbalta) in particular) are associated with temporary increases in anxiety while your brain adapts to the medications. ...Read more

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Can I take 5-HTP along with Effexor (venlafaxine)?

Bad idea!: This combo has a fairly high risk for a very bad problem known as serotonin syndrome. Talk to your Dr. Don't start to take them on your own but if they've been prescribed and you've already started, don't just stop cold turkey. Get to a Dr as soon as possible to help correct this. ...Read more

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Is it ok to take chantix with effexor (venlafaxine).

Is it ok to take chantix with effexor (venlafaxine).

Okay but....: It is okay to take them together but you need to be aware that chantix can have a number of psychiatric side effects including a worsening of depression and even suicidal feelings. Please be aware of this and if you start having any new psychiatric symptoms please stop the chantix and see your doctor immediately. ...Read more

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Is it safe to stop Effexor (venlafaxine) on my own?

Yes, but...: Be aware of the discontinuation syndrome: increased irritability, malaise, strange sensations when turning your head, electric shock sensations down the neck or back, lightheadedness. Taper the dose very slowly. Better yet, recruit the prescriber who put you on it to help you decide whether to get off it and to help you get off it if the two of you believe it is in your best interest. ...Read more

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Help please! Is Effexor (venlafaxine) good for panic?

YES IN PART: Effexor (venlafaxine) will help control anxiety and depression, may be hard to titrate off, must be at a dose that actually has the desired effect. But it isn't likely to cure it panic problem. Psychotherapy is recommended. ...Read more

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What are the tests for Effexor (venlafaxine) overdose?

What are the tests for Effexor (venlafaxine) overdose?

Vital signs. Lab: A physical exam, check blood pressure, pulse, respiration and temperature and ekg. Blood tests to measure serum level of effexor (venlafaxine). Mental status examination. Psychiatric evaluation and suicide risk assessment. ...Read more

Effexor (Definition)

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