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.
Potentiation effect. The manufacturer recommends against use of alcohol while on effexor (venlafaxine). This is due to concern that the Effexor (venlafaxine) will potentiate the effects of the alcohol.

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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...

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...

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...

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...

What are the side effects of Effexor (venlafaxine) XR 150 mg?

Nausea and headache. There are of course many potential side effects of any medicine (hence the very thick handouts you get from drug stores). Generally the main adverse effects of venlafaxine (effexor) are short term increases in nausea, headache, and sometimes a transient increase in agitation or insomnia. These generally improve over just a few days. Read more...

What are side effects of Effexor (venlafaxine) XR 75mg?

Long list in 5% Physical symptoms hypertension, dizziness, headache, agitation which can ease with time--but interaction with other drugs cause serotonin syndrome and there is other symptoms due to withdrawal---ask your doctor, need follow up. Read more...