First of all I would like to say I'm so sorry that you lost your Father. Don't ty to go cold turkey off this med again, it's just too hard to do. Tapering like your doing is the best thing to do. If I remember correctly your not supposed to drink while on effexor. I noticed when I was tapering my blood pressure went even higher and so did my heart rate. That's one of the reasons I was quitting this med in the first place, because of my blood pressure. It went back to normal once I was completely done tapering. I would recommend not drinking alcohol at all until your done tapering off the effexor. Take care. Remar
thnks a bunch have you ever been on effexor ?
I'm sorry to hear of your father's passing. I had major issues with Effexor, but I have to say, many benefit from the drug, like any drug it works well for some not for others. The med itself doesn't make you gain weight per se. Chances are you were/are emotionally eating, so I'm taking a wild stab that the med hasn't helped you all that much. It happened to me when my depression wasn't controllled enough either, but this is solely my experience. Alcohol is a brain depressant so if you drink a bit, it's affecting your brain stem, and can cause rapid heart beating. I would stay away from alcohol altogether if you can. If you decide to stop taking meds, you need to taper extremely slowly. These drugs attach to your nerve transmitters, like many anti- depressants, I would consult your doctor about a very slow wean off the drug, it's a good idea to be closely supervised by your doctor. As well, if you haven't had a full check up in a while, I would suggest getting one to rule out any other reason why you may have gained weight
I wish you much luck,