EffexorJunky Posted September 5, 2005 Share Posted September 5, 2005 I posted a similar message in the Substance Abuse forum. I apologize if this is a no-no. I'll make this quick. 5 years ago, my pdoc prescribed 150mg of Effexor and a couple years ago upped it to 225mg. Ever since I started taking this stuff, I've found myself "needing" to be altered...either with alcohol or pills (Vicodin/Percocet...up to 20/day). Before the Effexor, I was a healthy drinker. I could take it or leave it. I could have a bottle of booze in my cupboard for 12 months and not touch it. Now, I can't have any booze in the house or I drink it up. I'm clean on the pills (for 16 days), but I still drink occassionally. I've been limiting myself to beer only and no more than 1 an hour and a max of 3 per day. I have been pretty good and frequently go weeks without any alcohol. I'm now tapering off Effexor onto Lexapro (the primary reason for my pdoc is my blood pressure, which was sky high the whole time I was on it). So far, I've been feeling pretty good. Maybe a little wonky, but very bearable. As I said in my previous post, I'm not trying to blame my substance abuse on Effexor, but the parallels are hard to ignore. I can track it almost to the day...I started taking Effexor and I started drinking too much. Has anyone else experience this? crazymeds.us says this is one of the "freaky weird side-effects" and that really got me thinking. By going to Lexapro am I jumping out of the frying pan and into the fire? Effexor has been pretty effective for me as an antidepressant. In fact, I resisted going off it for a long time despite my pdoc's urging because of high blood pressure. I knew how I felt if I forgot a dose and I'd read about the horrific withdrawl some have experienced. I guess I'm looking for kindred spirits and other battle stories. Thanks everyone, John Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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