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I have been on luvox for about 5 weeks, nothing terrible so far. Anxiety is better. Doing 100mg morning and 100 at night.

Just started wellbutrin since the luvox makes me tired, doing 100mg of SR in the morning.

I asked the pdoc about having a couple beers and he said it won't hurt, the meds just make you feel like you have had more.

So anyway, what is the real story about drinking with these?

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Good question! I can't give you the real story because I doubt there are any clinical trials (let alone decent clinical trials) of alcohol consumption while on that combination of meds. But I can give you anecdotes. My experience was that my alcohol tolerance dropped by half from Wellbutrin. This is fairly common for antidepressants.

That's as much as I know about immediate effects. It's likely also relevant how often you're having a couple beers, because a lot of alcohol use can counteract the effects of antidepressants. I have a heard a rule of thumb no more than a drink a week, which is substantially more than the zero many pdocs advocate. But the rule of thumb is just what other pdocs say. I've never heard any studies cited.

Sorry I couldn't be more helpful.

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thx, I don't really drink more then once a week and if that it is more like every other week. I have about 2 or 3 beers - pints (good beers) and that is. I take the meds for anxiety and ocd.

I also take klonopin and switching to valium at night for sleep, so I know to be careful.

I am afraid of the seizures but do like to have a nice beer now and then.

Good question! I can't give you the real story because I doubt there are any clinical trials (let alone decent clinical trials) of alcohol consumption while on that combination of meds. But I can give you anecdotes. My experience was that my alcohol tolerance dropped by half from Wellbutrin. This is fairly common for antidepressants.

That's as much as I know about immediate effects. It's likely also relevant how often you're having a couple beers, because a lot of alcohol use can counteract the effects of antidepressants. I have a heard a rule of thumb no more than a drink a week, which is substantially more than the zero many pdocs advocate. But the rule of thumb is just what other pdocs say. I've never heard any studies cited.

Sorry I couldn't be more helpful.

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I was, for a while, on 200mg Luvox with 300mg Wellbutrin daily. I drank quite a bit without problems, YMMV.

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thx, I don't really drink more then once a week and if that it is more like every other week. I have about 2 or 3 beers - pints (good beers) and that is. I take the meds for anxiety and ocd.

I also take klonopin and switching to valium at night for sleep, so I know to be careful.

I am afraid of the seizures but do like to have a nice beer now and then.

Good question! I can't give you the real story because I doubt there are any clinical trials (let alone decent clinical trials) of alcohol consumption while on that combination of meds. But I can give you anecdotes. My experience was that my alcohol tolerance dropped by half from Wellbutrin. This is fairly common for antidepressants.

That's as much as I know about immediate effects. It's likely also relevant how often you're having a couple beers, because a lot of alcohol use can counteract the effects of antidepressants. I have a heard a rule of thumb no more than a drink a week, which is substantially more than the zero many pdocs advocate. But the rule of thumb is just what other pdocs say. I've never heard any studies cited.

Sorry I couldn't be more helpful.

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I'm not on Luvox/WB, but have taken the Lex/WB combo for up to six months and I've never had problems drinking on it. Of course, I tend not to drink much anyway--rarely more than 2-3 drinks depending on alcohol content. My last pdocs rule of thumb for SSRIs and WB was up to two drinks, one drink per hour.

As far as tolerance goes--mine actually seems higher a lot of the time. It's like it's blocking the alcohol from affecting my brain and I might as well be drinking water. Not surprisingly, this makes me stop drinking after 1-2 drinks.

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The PI Sheets suggest that "whilst there is no significant interaction with alcohol, it is recommended that patients avoid alcohol whilst taking this medication".

The truth is, initially your tolerance is affected, but in time as you get used to the medication your tolerance will probably return to normal (tolerance to alcohol that is).

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