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Is it harmful to drink alcohol while taking low dose nsaid? if so how harmful?

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Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
Internal Medicine 41 years experience
Depends: Both alcohol and nsaids are irritants of the lining of the stomach, so they are dangerous to take together, especially if you are sensitive to them - can cause gastritis and bleeding from the lining of your stomach. If you can avoid alcohol while on nsaids, that is best. Treatment for gastritis would include Omeprazole (otc) 20 mg twice daily for 1-2 weeks.

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Last updated Jul 28, 2014

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