he's 44 and has been drinking for 15 plus years.
Effexor is a prescription medicine used to treat depression (also known as major depression or clinical depression).
Effexor is part of a class of drugs called serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors, or SNRIs for short. SNRIs, such as Effexor, act on specific chemicals within the brain known as serotonin and norepinephrine. Serotonin and norepinephrine are two of several chemicals used to send messages from one nerve cell to another.
As a message travels down a nerve, it causes the end of the cell to release serotonin or norepinephrine. The serotonin or norepinephrine enters the gap between the first nerve cell and the one next to it. When enough serotonin or norepinephrine reaches the second nerve cell, it activates receptors on the cell and the message continues on its way. The first cell then quickly absorbs any serotonin or norepinephrine that remains in the gap between cells. This is called "reuptake."
Normally, this process works without any problems. But when the levels of serotonin or norepinephrine become unbalanced, it can cause a variety of conditions, including depression. Effexor helps to block the reuptake of serotonin and norepinephrine so that more remains in the space between the brain's nerve cells. This gives the serotonin and norepinephrine a better chance of activating the receptors on the next nerve cell.
For alcohol detox please speak to a doc/pharmacist who may prescribe some other med.
Hope the info helps?
No it is not effective for short term use. Alcohol detox is the only deetox that can kill you so since he has a lengthy drinking experience I wold seek professional help. When you say he is trying to go cold turkey do you mean that he is trying to wean off or that he has tried to quit and can't go more than a few hours? Zanax or valium can be of help but it is too risky to know how much to give and you could get a prescription then you must have a Dr. so that Dr. would be involved in this and he probably would want them in the hospital. The only time I received anything it was valium but I had not been drinking for as long as this person. Has he ever tried to quit before? I would consult a Dr. but let us know if you have to go it alone.
- Effexor Information for Consumers
- Effexor Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Effexor (detailed)
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