I'm a 22 year old man, and I first became severely depressed in the summer of last year. My psychiatrist prescribed Lexapro, which did nothing for me. I eventually felt better by December, and I discontinued the drug cold turkey. After a few days of hellish withdrawal symptoms, I felt fine, and felt fine until a few weeks ago, when the severe depression returned. Now, I'm deeply afraid that the 180 degree turn in personality which this depression inflicts on me will cost me my job.
I recently contacted my doctor, and he wants me to go on Effexor. I have some concerns, and I would be very grateful if anyone could address one or more of them:
1. I've heard that Effexor has the worst withdrawal symptoms of any drug. I'm very worried that I won't respond to Effexor the way I didn't respond to Lexapro, and then will have nothing to show for my trouble but weeks of terrible withdrawal.
2. I still hang out with my friends from college, and heavy alcohol consumption has always been a part of our social routine. Is alcohol use completely out of the question with Effexor?
Any information about the drug would be greatly appreciated!