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  1. ChessieCat

    Alcohol and beer

    I've done a search for the word craving in this topic and this is the link to the results.
  2. Locuststar

    Alcohol and beer

    I´ve been on SSRI:s for 19 years, had an alcohol problem and got sober with AA in 2014. I´m confused now if all this was due to SSRI or if I was (am?) a real alcoholic. In 2017 I experienced this bizarre thing with increased craving and alcohol intolerance in combination with SSRI. This was after I went to the ER after an updose of Zoloft gone bad. I had a really bad reaction to the Zoloft but the doctors´wouldn´t recognize this, said it was my original anxiety breaking through. So they increased the dose from 75 to 100 mg. A couple of weeks after this I had another even worse reac
  3. Barbarannamated

    Alcohol and beer

    Trying to find the original publication of this article by Ann Blake Tracy. http://www.depressionforums.org/forums/topic/5023-alcohol-cravings-induced-via-increased-serotonin/ Alcohol Cravings Induced via Increased Serotonin by Ann Blake Tracy, Director, ICFDA There is an alarming connection between alcoholism and the various prescription drugs that increase serotonin. The most popular of those drugs are: PROZAC, ZOLOFT, PAXIL, LUVOX, SERZONE, EFFEXOR, ANAFRANIL, and the new diet pills, FEN-PHEN and REDUX. For seven years numerous reports have been made by reformed alcoholics
  4. ang

    Alcohol and beer

    On effexor I drank, had alcohol cravings....never got drunk, had "blackouts"""". Did stupid things, got done for dd twice....(Drink Driving). I lost my brain on effexor, but somehow the alcohol gets blamed? never the damn drugs? convenient for Mr Big Pharma....... All clear in hindsight, of course. ... Off all the tablets now ......... I tried reinstating the zoloft, and different time, mirtazapine..... and craved alcohol again., like the body was craving a sugar shot, instead of damn food............ God these poisons mess up everything.... God it was a relief to
  5. brassmonkey

    Alcohol and beer

    Hi tinker-- Drinking while taking ADs is not a good idea. Been there, done that, almost destroyed my life. There are several things to keep in mind, the first as CC pointed out is the interaction between the drug and alcohol. Frequently the drug will intensify the effects of the alcohol while the alcohol can decrease the effectiveness of the drug. The drug can mask the negative effects of alcohol such as the hangover or the realization that you've had too much. The drugs also lower ones inhibitions and dull ones common sense leading to risky activities and binging. And the big one is tha
  6. Jemima

    Alcohol and beer

    I tapered off 10 mg. of Lexapro over a four month period, and that was way too fast. My doctor's advice, when I was down to 2.5 mg. was to take it every other day, which I did for two weeks, and then quit. The first two months of withdrawal were horrible, mostly due to insomnia and a great deal of irritability in the mornings. After reading the section regarding sleeping problems under 'Symptoms and What Helps', I realized both were symptoms of elevated Cortisol. After making the bedroom as dark as possible and getting a sleep mask, I was finally able to sleep and withdawal symptoms have b
  7. annelle

    Alcohol and beer

    Hi again, I meant to say 'best friend' and not 'vest friend' lol! I was wondering if you had any thoughts as to whether certain antidepressants are more alcohol craving inducing than others? Or are they all the same in this regard? Or maybe it is an individual thing. Which AD were you on when your SSRI related cravings started, do you remember? Thanks
  8. annelle

    Alcohol and beer

    Hello Alexejice! Thank you so much for your response - it always helps to hear from someone who knows what you are going through from personal experience. I think maybe you are right that it will be a good idea to be proactive with regard to alcohol cravings - I am considering going to a counsellor like I did 8-9 years ago, which helped me stop drinking. I feel that the craving is over for now - now that I have had time to process things - the funeral of a very old friend - that triggered it - but I am aware that it may return at some point - also because I am very sensitive to
  9. Narcissus

    Alcohol and beer

    I am a regular drinker, although I've stopped over the past three to four months because of my withdrawal. I drank the other night and the effect wasn't even pleasant. There was none of the euphoria I normally get from drinking, just a weird voided feeling in my head. I get this feeling sometimes during my withdrawal, but this was specifically triggered by the alcohol, as it started within half an hour of my first drink. After two hours or so I had a very strong craving for starchy/fatty foods even though I've almost completely removed these foods from my diet and no longer even really enj
  10. Altostrata

    Alcohol and beer

    David Healy wants to hear reports of alcohol craving on SSRIs, post in comments at http://davidhealy.org/every-drink-spiked/#comments He also wants to hear about sugar cravings or blood glucose problems on SSRIs.
  11. alexjuice

    Alcohol and beer

    Hello drb, I've got personal experience in the matter. I was a non-drinker, unappreciative of the effects or side effects of alcohol as a teen. In my early 20s, while on SSRIs, I became an alcohol abuser, eventually attending addiction rehabs on several occasions over multiple years. Because many with social anxiety turn to alcohol to cope with social situations, the true nature of my alcoholic drinking was obscured. Of course, the situation contained other complications but, for a variety of reasons the possibilty of psych meds influencing the drinking was never considered. Not even by
  12. Barbarannamated

    Alcohol and beer

    I hope that Alex will weigh in on this - There has been discussion of carbohydrate and sugar craving on SSRIs also - http://survivingantidepressants.org/index.php?/topic/1667-cravings-advice-sought/page__pid__20641#entry20641 Just FYI
  13. drb

    Alcohol and beer

    Hello people- On David Healy's blog there's a post by Anne-Marie: http://davidhealy.org/out-of-my-mind-driven-to-drink In this she explains, in short, that SSRI-medications (paroxetine, citalopram for her part) can cause intense craving for alcohol in a person who earlier had not had an alcohol problem. How common is this problem? How have people come to grips with it?
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