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Can you drink alcohol after a kidney transplant while taking immunosuppressant drugs

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Dr. George Klauber
Specializes in Pediatric Urology
Safe: Suggest you avoid alcohol from an hour before to an hour after taking your medications.
Dr. Andrew N. De la Torre
Transplant Surgery 32 years experience
Yes, little risk: Although transplant physicians often make a fuss about alcohol, the reality is 2 glasses of wine once a week should not cause any major problems in a ... Read More
Dr. Stuart Flechner
Urology 46 years experience
Usually safe: For a non alcoholic, "2 drinks on weekend" should not be harmful. For an alcoholic, one drink is too many. This assumes there is no liver disease. ... Read More

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A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Al Hegab
Dr. Al Hegabanswered
Allergy and Immunology 40 years experience
Yes, needs dialysis: Immunosuppression is meant to prevent rejection of the transplanted kidney, graft rejection is a separate disease apart from the function of the new k... Read More
Dr. John Chiu
Allergy and Immunology 57 years experience
No: The sole purpose for the immunosuppression is to keep the body from rejecting the graft and thus there is no reason to keep taking it if the transplan... Read More
A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Chiu
Allergy and Immunology 57 years experience
Yes: Call your doctor ASAP since a minor infection may become a serious one for those whose immune responses have been suppressed.
A 51-year-old male asked:
Dr. Francisco R. Rodriguez
Urology 9 years experience
kidney transplant: You have to define moderation in your question. Alcohol affects the liver, medications you take for your transplant are metabolized by the liver and ... Read More
A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Philip Chao
Radiology 38 years experience
Well yes: But your renal function is compromised. Ask your nephrologist.
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Veeraish Chauhan
Nephrology and Dialysis 14 years experience
Vague: Please be specific. What exactly is it that you are concerned about?
A 51-year-old female asked:
Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
Pediatric Pulmonology 36 years experience
Pros and cons: Discuss the risk benefit analysis with your physician. The weight reduction may improve overall health, but procedures may be risky depending on your ... Read More
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Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 56 years experience
Yes: But would suggest not doing this for a couple of reasons. Alcohol in the blood stream inhibits several functions of the white blood cells which eat b... Read More
A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Dan Fisher
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
Yes.: Alcohol does not rely on your kidney for excretion and does not generally harm the kidney. You should be wary of many other medications including all... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Miller
Rheumatology 51 years experience
Yes: Your body will detoxify the alcohol in your liver, but if you get dehydrated, the kidney function will decrease causing more kidney problems.

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