Anti anxiety drugs and alcohol

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728480 tn?1312063530 Finally physical activity and healthy diet are natural anti-anxiety drugs along with natural supplements like gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) , Valerian and Kava. Consider relaxation techniques too.
Avatar f tn Third, enzymes activated by chronic alcohol consumption transform some drugs into toxic chemicals that can damage the liver or other organs. Fourth, alcohol can magnify the inhibitory effects of sedative and narcotic drugs at their sites of action in the brain. To add to the complexity of these interactions, some drugs affect the metabolism of alcohol, thus altering its potential for intoxication and the adverse effects associated with alcohol consumption.
Avatar n tn My unfortunate relationship with alchol (i have not had a drink in about 10 months) has caused me to shun all areas of mind altering substances, even to the point where I don't drink coffee or ANY form of caffeine for fear of altering my state of consciousness. Does alcohol physically cause anxiety, or can i beat my anxiety and still be able to enjoy a few drinks on the weekend. I used to LOVE alcohol sooo much... it was almost life-consuming for a while.
1243543 tn?1269127622 Why are so many people against anti anxiety meds like zanax and klonopin?If someone can take a daily anti depressant why cant they take a daily anti anxiety med?I personally cant take antidepressants im to sensitive to their side effects and they make me worse than the horrible generalized anxiety that i already suffer so horribly everyday from or believe me i would take them and yes ive tried several and gave them all enough time to build up or do something besides make me 10 times worse.
Avatar m tn I just found out he has been self medicating himself since he was 12 by stealing initially hydrocodone, zanax and whatever he could find to help his anxiety. He also did it to get high. He smokes weed several times a day and takes the pills (either he snorts or drops whatever into water and drinks it) and he says having a beer helps him "slow" down.
1211508 tn?1343083205 Unless you want to thrust yourself into even more of a living hell of panic,,,.steer clear of alcohol and any drugs. Cocaine would probably send you into an immediate panic attack, plus it can have serious consequences, like heart attacks and strokes..,.don't touch it. You have the tunnel vision because you haven't yet noticed an improvement with the anxiety. If you feel the Klonopin isn't working, talk to your doctor. You may need to try something else.
Avatar m tn I have suffered depression all of my life, feeling sad as far back into childhood as I can remember. I spent many, many years self-medicating (alcohol+drugs). I know for me, I have tried 16 different anti-depressants and other than the ones that gave me severe nausea and the ones that made me feel like a walking Zombie (Effexor, Seroquel and Olanzapine), the others did nothing.
449946 tn?1205493932 I was told my two doctors that I am suffering from Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD) and I would like to know what the symptoms are.
Avatar n tn Hi vc. Yes, abusing alcohol can trigger anxiety attacks, most assuredly (hence the reason people begin abusing alcohol - to take away the anxiety that comes from being cold sober.) "Hair of the dog that bit you" is a common phase for indulging to take away the "bad feelings" with cold sober. The anxiety is another reason people sometimes drink on "binges", and it's also the reason alcoholic drinkers have a very difficult time stopping drinking.
Avatar m tn I have been abusing drugs and alcohol on and off since I was 11. My drug use is starting to rise again. I can stop but have no idea how to be happy without it. I have tried Na and AA and have seen a shrink yet I just cant get it. My partner has told me enough is enough and is ready to leave. I have a great career loving family and friends but I struggle not too want too drink and drug to excessive levels.
Avatar m tn my question is that the combination of my drugs and alcohol is it creating some sort of serious problem like brain tumor or heart conditions...i think im functioning properly,my depression and anxiety and psychosis is under control for the last 3 years or so...
3867523 tn?1348953285 He couldn't take Lexapro with triple tx w Incivek, so his hepatologist switched him to Celexa and it worked fine for him. The anger, irritability, anxiety, and/or depression that these drugs can cause is very real. Please tell your wife that I completely understand. I encourage you to take her with you to your next appt with your hepatologist, so she can share her concerns. That's what my hubby had me do, and I think it helped.
Avatar m tn Other things that are helpful to know when you have anxiety is to limit your caffeine intake,certain cold medications, smoking, drugs, things like that. I'm a smoker and that does not make my anxiety worst but the other things i mentioned do. This does not mean it will affect you the same way it does me, but everyone is different.
402892 tn?1202010864 I also could have told her/him that when I worked in the hospital and saw occasionally people as young as 23 yrs old being brought in with strokes and heart attacks caused by illegal drugs. And I didn't tell her/him how many came in with serious arrhythmias, heart attack symptoms. I didn't tell her/him that because I cannot understand how somebody does not check out the consequences before they take illegal drugs and then when their heart beats out of bound they panic. I love coffee.
Avatar n tn Learn about the anxiety. How it works and what it is. Anxiety is one of those Bast**d afflictions that feeds on itself and our only hope , with the exception of the medication , is to see it for what it is and dismiss it. My anxiety ,when I started treatment , sky rocketed within the first three weeks and all of the education and medications I have been taking for it didn't seem to have any effect on it at all.
Avatar f tn I know you said you were against medication, but I actually was an introvert myself in junior high until I started taking anti drepressents and anti anxiety medication, and it is like it opened up new doors for me, literally and figuartively speaking. It allowed me to cope with things and be the person I am really supposed to be. Good luck.
457721 tn?1256644398 It is not so easy for someone that has an addiction to Alcohol. I takes AD meds also, and I also drink, but I keep my alcohol intake to a minimum and drink less often. I think it's all about moderation. There are also some studies that suggest that Alcohol consumption may reduce the overall effectivness of many AD medications including Paxil.
Avatar m tn I'm on Cymbalta 60mg ( potent and expansive SNRI ) and i can tell you my experiences with alcohol. The SNRI increases my tolerance to alcohol so i drink more. I drink about once a week at parties and sometime twice. One day i drank to the point i forgot the end the party ( mixed strong alcohol and beer ). One thing i noticed tho is the hangovers are terrible hehe. Now let's talk about safety rather than my experiences.
Avatar f tn Alcohol is about the worst thing you can expose yourself to while having HCV. Overdosing on some drugs may be worse but few people will do it day in and day out as they do with alcohol. Many drinkers just keep throwing fuel on the fire. It's fine if you want to do it but...... you are probably wasting your time treating. You should either do just one or the other.
Avatar n tn However if you are experiencing sexual side effects from Paxil, another antidepressant medication named Wellbutrin may be added to improve your sexual functioning, or the Paxil may be replaced by other antidepressant/anti-anxiety medications with little or no sexual side effects (such as Wellbutrin, Remeron, or Serzone). To prevent development of "SSRI Discontinuation Syndrome" which may occur after abrupt SSRI discontinuation, it is advisable to taper medication doses slowly.
Avatar n tn If you weren't happy then, what will make you happy and then grab it. There is a wonderful life outside of drugs and alcohol. Am I right?
Avatar f tn I have been on anti depressants for 8 years. I am 35 years old and have noticed memory issues. I forget things recent and have trouble remembering past events. I can read and enjoy a book but couldn't tell you the main characters name or sometimes not even a good description of what it was about. I have been trying to memorize bible scripture and draw a blank. i often come off as ditzy or uncaring because stuff doesn't sink in. is this from the anti depressant?
Avatar n tn What about steriod epidural shots? What about anti-depressants, or anti-anxiety? Muscle relaxers? Hormone replacement? Nexium? These are all meds I'm either on or have been on. I tried to treat Hep c with Ribovirin and Peg-Intron, but only had partial response. My liver enzymes normalized, and to date have stayed normal, but I fear what will happen if I continue to take prescription drugs. Please advise.
Avatar m tn She is taking Omega 3 fish oil, magnesium, lecithin, inositol, Vit C, and whey protein. A good diet and avoiding the obvious such as caffeine and alcohol are supposed to help too along with some exercise. It's of course important to rule out the physical possiblities and consulting doctors when in doubt. Best of luck to you.
Avatar n tn Tara, Xanax and Valium are anti-anxiety medications that have a high abuse potential and are generally used only for limited amounts of time. These and other prescription medications should never be taken without the supervision of a physician as they can be dangerous. Depakote is the most important medication if you have been diagnosed with bipolar disorder as it helps to stabilize your mood. I strongly suggest you discuss this with your psychiatrist.
Avatar n tn where the hell did you get a nutty idea like that? You are taking this med for anxiety, right? If you DON'T take it and walk around for weeks or months or years with what I call the "pinch faced" look of do you think THAT is going to make you look? THAT is what is going to make you look older. Look in the mirror while you take your meds!
5418297 tn?1367669493 There came a point in my life when I had to accept the fact that I would never have sustained relief from symptoms if I continued to drink alcohol and take recreational drugs.
Avatar n tn alcohol doesn't agree with many drugs, including pain meds, sleeping pills and anti-anxiety medicines. They're all depressents and their effect greatly multiplies when used even with a few days of consuming alcohol. When I had drank some alcohol while taking any of the above listed meds I'd get super drunk very fast (actually on very little alcohol) and then crash super fast afterwards (within an hour).
Avatar n tn I just don't appreciate people reminding me at every step that drugs are harmful and addictive and that I am an addict if I need drugs to improve the quality of my life. I'd rather be medicated and functioning than staying home in a bed of pain.
256607 tn?1248903104 I am working with my own doc to get that under control because I was like a maniac for two weeks out of the month for several months and when I couldn't stand myself anymore, I went to my doc and he started me on a regimend of birth control pills and anti anxiety pill, which I haven't even had to take yet because it seems the birth control pills have leveled off my hormones and this month I only felt a little crazy for 2 days. Much, much better..... Anyway, So this is my point.....