Mixing Alcohol and Effexor Side Effects & Interactions
Is mixing alcohol and Effexor safe? What are the possible side effects and interactions of mixing alcohol with this anti-depressant?
The following provides a rundown of what you should know not just about mixing alcohol and Effexor, but other information about possible side effects and interactions regarding this medication.
Effexor is the brand name for the drug venlafaxine, which is used to treat depression and anxiety disorders including general anxiety disorder (GAD), social anxiety disorder (SAD), and panic disorder. It’s a serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor, or a SNRI, and it restores the balance of brain neurotransmitters including norepinephrine and serotonin. When someone takes Effexor to treat depression, the goals are to improve their interest in life and daily activities and boost their mood and energy levels.
It’s usually taken with food several times a day, depending on instructions from a physician.
Potential side effects of Effexor can include:
- Dry mouth
- Sleep problems
There’s also a risk of raised blood pressure levels for people who are prescribed Effexor.
When you take Effexor, it does increase the serotonin levels in your brain, and you shouldn’t take it with other medicines or supplements that also have this effect unless you speak with your doctor or pharmacist.
Before taking Effexor, people are warned they should speak with their doctor about their medical history including any history of heart problems or heart failure, kidney or liver disease, thyroid disease or seizure disorder.
There’s also the potential that taking Effexor can make you dizzy or drowsy, so people are warned not to drive or operate machinery until they know how it will affect them.
These are just some of the milder possible side effects and interactions, and others are possible as well, some of which can be severe. Some of the rare but severe possible side effects and interactions with Effexor include easily bleeding or bruising, changes in sexual ability or interest, weakness, tremors, or seizures Other possible rare side effects & interactions with Effexor include severe headache, vomit that looks like coffee grounds, large pupils, or vision changes.
So what are the possible effects of mixing alcohol and Effexor?
Many of the side effects and interactions that come with mixing alcohol and Effexor are heightened symptoms of drinking alcohol alone. The side effects just tend to be amplified when you’re taking Effexor.
Along with the potential side effects of mixing alcohol and Effexor, people who drink while on this medicine should know that alcohol can make symptoms of depression and anxiety worse.
Alcohol is a depressant, and it can counteract the effectiveness of Effexor regarding treating symptoms of depression and anxiety. Some research shows that using alcohol and Effexor together can increase the likelihood of someone experiencing suicidal thoughts or tendencies.
As well as the risks of mixing alcohol and Effexor, there are other side effects and interactions to be aware of. For example, you should let their doctor know if you’re taking anything that acts as a blood thinner, such as NSAIDs or warfarin because the risk of bleeding can increase.
So, is it safe to mix alcohol and Effexor? It may be safe to drink moderately on Effexor, but it’s extremely important to speak with a pharmacist or doctor about this, and you shouldn’t consider mixing alcohol and Effexor if you don’t know the effects of this medicine on you yet.
The mildest side effects & interactions of mixing alcohol and Effexor are usually just increased signs of intoxication, but severe side effects may also be possible. Some of the more severe, but common side effects may include blackouts and symptoms of euphoria. Also if you mix alcohol and Effexor, you shouldn’t drive, operate machinery or put yourself in any other potentially risky situation.
You should also think about the fact that mixing alcohol and Effexor can make symptoms of depression worse, and can prevent this medicine from effectively treating your depression.
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