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i'm taking 50 mg of atenolol per day ( 2-25 mg pills per day). i take this for essential tremors. can i drink alcohol on this?

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Dr. Lynne Weixel
35 years experience Clinical Psychology
Great question: Always ask a Dr about these things when they prescribe. It increases the effects and can dangerously lower blood pressure. So, generally avoid mixing but if you do plan a holiday drink keep it to one small one and prepare by having someone you can rely on if needed. Try to talk to your Dr for advice specific to you. Have a good holiday season!
Answered on Dec 23, 2016
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Dr. Alan Wartenberg
48 years experience Addiction Medicine
Actually, alcohol also can reduce essential tremor, and I have seen several elderly patients develop alcohol use disorders by increasing the dose of alcohol they were using. When regular use of alcohol is reduced or discontinued, it actually INCREASES tremor, and this often becomes a vicious cycle of escalating alcohol use. I would strongly urge very limited or NO use of alcohol.
Dec 10, 2016

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