My wife was put on Venlafaxine and increased her already high intake of alcohol and wine. It has made her seem irrational making decsions and wont agree drinking must have a negative on the drug. What are commen affects of alcohol and the drug? Thank you
According to the manufacturer or Effexor (venlafaxine hydrochloride), drinking alcohol while using the medication is not recommended. This is because drugs like Effexor and alcohol act upon similar chemicals in the brain. The concern is that Effexor will increase the effects of alcohol -- whether this is increasing depression symptoms or affecting motor skills.
Practically, when many healthcare providers are asked whether it is okay to drink alcohol while on Effexor, they recommend drinking light-to-moderate amounts. They also recommend that you wait to drink alcohol until you understand how Effexor and other medicines you may be currently taking affect your body.
When healthcare providers recommend moderate alcohol drinking, they mean one drink a day for women and two drinks a day for men. Because the alcohol content in drinks varies, what counts as one drink also varies. When healthcare providers talk about one alcoholic drink, they are referring to one of the following examples:
12 ounces of beer; 5 ounces of wine; 1½ ounces of 80-proof whiskey or 1 ounce of 100-proof spirits.
Drinking alcohol while on Effexor does not seem to increase the mental and motor skills impairments caused by alcohol in normal subjects taking Effexor.
However, the effects of Effexor and alcohol in those with depression have not been studied. This is one reason for exercising caution with alcohol and Effexor.
I've been on venlalic for just under a year. I can only give my personal experiences as I'm not a healthcare professional but I have found that drinking alcohol does not mix well at all with the medication. I end up being a completely different person, acting irrationally, I end up going really suicidal and irresponsible. I drank recently and I ended up lying in the middle of the road and refused to get up, punching and kicking walls and cars. I was not safe at all. I am now avoiding drinking alcohol completely. I am fine with one or two drinks but any more than that and I am a state now whereas before I could handle my drink. For me venlafaxine and alcohol does not go well together and I never want to be ok that state again where I'm acting out so badly again.
- Venlafaxine Information for Consumers
- Venlafaxine Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Venlafaxine (detailed)
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