Carlise Posted September 6, 2012 Share Posted September 6, 2012 Man I'm glad I found this place. It seem's a bit more "relaxed" so to speak then some of the other boards I've tried. Before when I broached the subject of alcohol and SSRI's people stroked out on me. They said if I had beer while taking SSRI's I would wake up dead lol. Truth is, I haven't really found the answers on the subject that I've been seeking. There's seems to be a lot of confusion and mis-information out there. It also really pisses me off that once you tell people you like to drink they automatically assume your a raging alcoholic! I LOVE beer. Okay, I said it. I brew my own, I go to beer fests, tastings, and micro brewery's, and so on. I love that taste and yes I'll admit I do enjoy a nice beer buzz from time to time. I don't ever get "drunk" anymore cause I can't handle the hangover the next day. But yes, there are several time's a week when I do consume a 6'er or maybe even more. Okay, now that I got that all out here's my questions. Is drinking beer while taking SSRI's an absolute no no?? My pcp kinda shrugs his shoulders and say's I should be fine. my Pharmacy was like, no you can not drink on these meds. My heart doc say's it all depends on the person. Some can, some can't. Right now I treat my anxiety w/ an occasional Xanax but not very often. I've avoided the SSRI's to this point. But I feel like I'm gonna die of a heart attack or stroke or something everyday. And everyday I don't. So anxiety is the only rational explanation I can think of for my symptoms. I have an unfilled RX for Effexor and I so want to try it, but then again I don't. So anyway's, here's my concerns. 1. Will consuming alcohol while taking effexor kill me? 2. I was told the real danger is that it can make the drug ineffective making the person more depressed then ever. Well, I'm not depressed so I'm not to worried about that. 3. I was told that it will increases the effects of the alcohol. I was like YIPPY!!! lol 4. I was told I could go into a coma???? Have not read anything like that on-line. 5. I was told it will destroy my liver. My doc said he had never heard this??? 6. I was told that it would make me more likely to become an alcoholic. Eh, I ain't too much worried about that. That's all I can think of right now. Very sorry for the long post. Advice appreciated very much! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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