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Re: Stattera and Paxil kbrewed4u

Posted by Lasagne on August 9, 2003, at 14:27:30

In reply to Stattera and Paxil, posted by kbrewed4u on August 9, 2003, at 9:47:10

> I am taking Strattera 40 mg a day and Paxil CR 25 mg, once a day. I drink a few beers a day (I know bad idea), but the meds have been effective till this week. A few days ago, I started to have some kind of reaction, where I started to really be out of it, with hot flashes, shakes, loss of cognitive thinking. This lasted for 3 days, and landed me in the emergency room twice. I am scared, has anyone else out there had anything like this.

Which medication did you take first or did you begin them both at the same time? Maybe the combination isn't a good idea for you. I did experience the hot flashes and slow thinking when I was first on the Strattera, but after about 5-6 weeks on it, that all went away and now I feel better than ever.
Definitely drinking alcohol is a bad idea when taking these type of medications. It's almost like taking two things that cancel each other out. The alcohol depresses your nervous system and the Paxil and Strattera try to get your nervous system moving better. The combo could also be causing extreme dehydration, which could be why you landed in the hospital. Both Paxil and Strattera cause dry mouth and then to add alcohol to your system would get your fluids all out of whack.
I take Prozac, Buspar, and Strattera and haven't had any severe reactions that would land me in the hospital. I did have some extreme side effects when I was first on the Strattera, but like I said those all improved with time. Prior to the Strattera I took the Prozac and Buspar for years with no problems. If Strattera was started second to the Paxil then you might want to consider switching to a time release stimulant instead (such as Concerta, Metadate, or Adderall XR).
Good luck!




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