Depression and Drugs

By Holly Counts, Psy.D.

Q: Does Marijuana have an effect on the way antidepressents work?
I have taken Effexor for 2 years and still feel ‘crazy’ sometimes, is it because I use the wrong medicine or is it the weed?

A: Marijuana is a drug so of course it could affect your medication. There are many possible drug interaction effects with both prescribed and “recreational” drugs. I would suggest you talk to your doctor very openly and honestly about your drug use and why you use. It may be that you are not on the appropriate medication for you but it would be difficult to know this if you are continuing to self-medicate on the side. Please talk to you doctor. Good luck.

 

 

Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 29 Oct 2006

APA Reference
Counts, H. (2006). Depression and Drugs. Psych Central. Retrieved on November 1, 2014, from http://psychcentral.com/ask-the-therapist/2006/10/29/depression-and-drugs/

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