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Bac and SSRI


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This is for those that have taken baclofen (and found indifference) while also taking an SSRI. 

I'd like to know if the SSRI had any effect on your level of indifference.

I've been indifferent for well over a year at this point. I recently tried going on zoloft because I'm still an asshole and I started having drinking thoughts within about a week.

I'd like to know if this is true for all SSRIs. Zoloft and paxil are cited in the literature as causing the most spontaneous increases in alcohol consumption.

I really need something to take my edges off. 

Thanks.

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  • 4 weeks later...

Thank you for the feedback. I'm COMT slow (too much dopamine. hyper-focused and stressed out), so wellbutrin is a poor choice for me. 

 

Thanks again 

Ian

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  • 2 months later...

Interestingly, I've recently gone back on the Zoloft - about a week in as of today - and I have not had the same recurrence of craving. And this is at a much lower dose of baclofen, as I have been titrating down. 

I've added meditation to my practice, which I believe is helping me to be mindful of "what's going on with me." I'm not to the point where I'm always present, but I'm much more able to catch it when I'm drifting into worry, resentment, self-pity, anger, etc. and snap out. I've also had some significant life events that have granted me a degree of emotional intelligence that I probably should have gone through in my teenage years. I'm very grateful for these experiences, even though I'm still living them and they are devastating. I've really been forced to grow up. 

The first few weeks to a month of Zoloft are complete hell. I really go to a dark place. I believe they may have caused the divorce that I am currently going through. This time around I at least know what to expect. I never noticed this when I was prescribed it when drinking (I have a long history of losing my shit, going on meds, getting better, and then going off thinking that I can and should do it myself). Like any good alcoholic, I medicated what was going on inside with copious amounts of booze.

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