Pristiq and Alcohol Interaction

Pristiq and Alcohol

Pristiq generic name desvenlafaxine belong to a family of drugs known as antidpressants named as selective serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs) which affect chemicals in the brain that may become unbalanced and cause depression and is used to treat major depressive disorders.

It is suggested that patients do not consume alcohol even moderate drinking while using this drug as the side effects may be greatly affected.

At this time the medical community defines moderate consumption of alcohol as no more than two drinks per day and no more than 14 drinks per week. If anything more than that it is considered an unhealthy dependency on alcohol that may have adverse social, family and health consequences.

If a person drinks only once or twice a week but drinks on the same days each week and more than two drinks this is considered as an alcohol dependency.

If a person binge drinks at any time during the week this is also considered as alcoholism.

Some consider alcoholism as a disease while others consider it an addiction which is the result of personal choice and character fault. This school of thought blames the alcoholism on life style choices.

Personally I consider alcoholism a genetic tendency as I have seen families of alcoholics even when they live far apart. These unfortunate people are probably dependent on alcohol from the first drink.

When alcohol interacts with prescription over the counter drugs it usually results in negative health effects most especially liver damage as the main organ affected.

Before using this drug advise your doctor if you are allergic to any other drug or substance, if you are using dietary or herbal supplements, are pregnant, plan to be or are breastfeeding, have a bipolar disorder, liver disease, kidney disease, heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, history of stroke, glaucoma, seizures, epilepsy, bleeding or blood clotting disorder, low levels of sodium in your blood or are switching to Pristiq from another antidepressant.

Side Effects

Less serious side effects are increased sweating, dizzy, drowsy, loss of appetite, mild nausea, constipation, insomnia, decreased sex drive, impotence or difficult orgasm. If these occur call your physician for advice.

Serious side effects are severe allergic reactions such as hives difficult breathing, tight chest, swelling of the mouth, face, lips or tongue, convulsions, agitation, hallucinations, fever, fast heart rate, overactive reflexes, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, loss of coordination, blurred vision, eye pain, seeing halos around lights, cough, tight chest, trouble breathing, easy bruising or bleeding, nosebleeds, gum bleeding, blood in urine or stools, coughing up blood, stiff rigid muscles, high fever, sweating, confusion, fast unevevn heartbeats, tremors, feeling faint, severe skin reactions such as fever, sore throat, swelling of face or tongue, burning eyes, skin pain followed by a red or purple skin rash that spreds on the upper body and causes blistering and peeling, headache, trouble concentrating, memory problems, weakness, unsteady, confused, hallucinations, faint, shallow or stoppage of breathing.If these occur get emergency medical help.

This site serves as an information source only and does not dispense medical advice or any other kind of advice. If you are seeking medical advice you are advised to consult your own physician.

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