Effexor (venlafaxine) and Alcohol / Food Interactions
There are 3 alcohol/food/lifestyle interactions with Effexor (venlafaxine) which include:
Using venlafaxine together with ethanol may increase side effects such as dizziness, drowsiness, confusion, and difficulty concentrating. Some people may also experience impairment in thinking, judgment, and motor coordination. You should avoid or limit the use of alcohol while being treated with venlafaxine. Do not use more than the recommended dose of venlafaxine, and avoid activities requiring mental alertness such as driving or operating hazardous machinery until you know how the medication affects you. Talk to your doctor if you have any questions or concerns. It is important to tell your doctor about all other medications you use, including vitamins and herbs. Do not stop using any medications without first talking to your doctor.
Alcohol can increase the nervous system side effects of venlafaxine such as dizziness, drowsiness, and difficulty concentrating. Some people may also experience impairment in thinking and judgment. You should avoid or limit the use of alcohol while being treated with venlafaxine. Do not use more than the recommended dose of venlafaxine, and avoid activities requiring mental alertness such as driving or operating hazardous machinery until you know how the medication affects you. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions or concerns.
venlafaxine - hypertension
The use of venlafaxine is associated with dose-dependent, sustained increases in blood pressure, mostly in the range of 10 to 15 mm Hg for supine diastolic blood pressure. The incidence reported for immediate-release venlafaxine in a premarketing study ranged from 3% for dosages < 100 mg/day to 13% for dosages > 300 mg/day. Therapy with venlafaxine should be administered cautiously in patients with preexisting hypertension. Blood pressure should be monitored regularly, and the dosing reduced or discontinued if necessary.
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Drug Interaction Classification
The classifications below are a general guideline only. It is difficult to determine the relevance of a particular drug interaction to any individual given the large number of variables.
|Major||Highly clinically significant. Avoid combinations; the risk of the interaction outweighs the benefit.|
|Moderate||Moderately clinically significant. Usually avoid combinations; use it only under special circumstances.|
|Minor||Minimally clinically significant. Minimize risk; assess risk and consider an alternative drug, take steps to circumvent the interaction risk and/or institute a monitoring plan.|
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