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Can you drink alcohol while taking valacyclovir?

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Dr. Gregg Albers
Addiction Medicine 42 years experience
Valacyclovir: The company suggest that you should be well hydrated when taking valacyclovir, and use of alcohol, especially heavy use, will cause dehydration.
Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Family Medicine 39 years experience
Can but shouldn't: Although there are no drug-drug (yes, alcohol is a drug) interactions listed, it is always best to avoid mixing medications with alcohol. Alcohol alone is irritating to the stomach and acts as a depressant and affects rational judgment.
Dr. John Moranville
Psychiatry 37 years experience
While it is optimal to not drink alcohol at all when using other drugs, complete abstinence is not realistic. I usually tell patients no more than 1 drink at a time with most psychiatric medications, but I also advise that many medications may amplify the sedation and slowed reaction time while driving or focusing on other complex activities. 1 drink = 1 shot, 1-12oz beer, or 8 oz of wine.
Feb 19, 2012

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