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Doctor insights on: Acetaminophen And Alcohol Interaction

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Dr. Yash Khanna Dr. Khanna
Family Medicine
53 years in practice
University of Lucknow, K. G. Medical College
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Is tylenol (acetaminophen) threes mixed with alcohol lethal?

Is tylenol (acetaminophen) threes mixed with alcohol lethal?

DEPENDS ON AMOUNT: It can be lethal if both are taken in excess.Alcohol in large amount can be rarely lethal and so is codein and acetaminophen (tylenol 3 contains Codeine and acetaminophen)alcohol and Acetaminophen in large quantitiy are toxic for liver and in large amounts can cause liver failure and large doses of Codeine can cause respiratory depression so it depends on amount ingested in combination.

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Dr. Alan Ali Dr. Ali
Psychiatry
28 years in practice
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences/UAMS College of Medicine
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Dr. Walter Futterweit Dr. Futterweit
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
60 years in practice
New York University School of Medicine
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Dr. Robert Killian Dr. Killian
General Practice
24 years in practice
University of Utah School of Medicine
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How long after taking 2 extra strength tylenol (acetaminophen) can you have alcohol?

How long after taking 2 extra strength tylenol (acetaminophen) can you have alcohol?

Liver: The next day. Without knowing your liver health it would be weird for us physicians to give you permission to drink alcohol when you are on medication that is very hard on the liver.

Dr. John Chiu Dr. Chiu
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
53 years in practice
University of Vermont College of Medicine
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If I had one 500mg tablet of acetaminophen, how long do I have to wait before consuming alcohol?

If I had one 500mg tablet of acetaminophen, how long do I have to wait before consuming alcohol?

Depends: If you are of average weight for your height, a 4 hour wait should be sufficient. Do realize that females do not tolerate the same quantity of alcohol of males even at the same size.

Dr. Linda Gromko Dr. Gromko
Family Medicine
44 years in practice
Washington University School of Medicine
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Is it ok to mix acetaminophen with alcohol?

Is it ok to mix acetaminophen with alcohol?

Both impact liver: Since both Acetaminophen (known as tylenol (acetaminophen) - but also in many multi-drug combinations) and alcohol can have an effect on the liver, both are best used in moderation. Be especially cautious if your doctor has told you that your liver function tests are showing signs of trouble.

Dr. Ronald Achong Dr. Achong
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial
14 years in practice
Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans
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Why is mixing alcohol with acetaminophen bad?

Destroys the liver: Alcohol and tylenol (acetaminophen) in excessive amounts can lead to liver damage.

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Dr. Alan Ali Dr. Ali
Psychiatry
28 years in practice
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences/UAMS College of Medicine
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Dr. Brandon Maples Dr. Maples
Pharmacology
14 years in practice
University of Oklahoma College of Medicine
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Is it true that it's ok to drink nyquil (without acetaminophen) in conjunction with alcohol?

No: No, it is not safe. Nyquil contains other ingredients that are not safe to take with alcohol, either.

Dr. Jeff Blixt Dr. Blixt
Addiction Medicine
20 years in practice
Midwestern University Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine
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Is it true that high dosage acetaminophen or paracetanol can kill you when mixed with alcohol?

Is it true that high dosage acetaminophen or paracetanol can kill you when mixed with alcohol?

In high doses, yes: Too much alcohol is damaging to the liver. Too much Acetaminophen is damaging to the liver. The two together have a synergistic effect, which means the two together are more damaging than high doses of either one alone. So very high doses at one time could be fatal, and moderate doses over time with the two may cause eventual liver failure.

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Dr. Hussain Elhalis Dr. Elhalis
Ophthalmology
7 years in practice
University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey - New Jersey Medical School
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Does hydrocodone bitartrate and acetaminophen oral solution contain 7% alcohol per dose or per bottle?

Does hydrocodone bitartrate and acetaminophen oral solution contain 7% alcohol per dose or per bottle?

Its the same 7%: Its a percentage, so regardless of the volume (dose or bottle), its going to be 7% of that volume. Hope that helps.

Dr. James Ferguson Dr. Ferguson
Pediatrics
42 years in practice
University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine
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How long after last consuming alcohol do you have to wait before taking tylenol (acetaminophen)? The alcohol consumed was 3 standard drinks, 24 hours ago.

You are clear to use: The alcohol is broken down in the liver using the same toxin removal system as the acetaminophen. If used at the same time their is some chance of a toxic effect on the delicate liver cells. Since the half life of alcohol is a couple of hours, the material is long gone and you can use the medication without any problem.

Dr. Lynne Weixel Dr. Weixel
Clinical Psychology
32 years in practice
University of Connecticut School of Medicine
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Exactly how long must you wait before consuming alcohol after a single 500-mg dose of tylenol (acetaminophen) assuming no more tylenol (acetaminophen) is taken? 24 hours? 48? 72?

Exactly how long must you wait before consuming alcohol after a single 500-mg dose of tylenol (acetaminophen) assuming no more tylenol (acetaminophen) is taken? 24 hours? 48? 72?

If 1/2 life = 2-3 hr: You should be quite safe 24hrs later. You can always check with the tylenol (acetaminophen) tech support folk - or your pharmacist or doctor. But the next day sounds reasonably safe. Hope it goes fine.

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Dr. Evans Prieston Dr. Prieston
Pharmacology
40 years in practice
West Virginia University School of Medicine
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What happens when you drink alcohol with acetaminophen?

What happens when you drink alcohol with acetaminophen?

Acetaminophen+Alcoho: Taking Acetaminophen and drinking alcoholic beverages increases the liver toxicity of both products. It is therefore unadvisable to take Acetaminophen along with drinking alcohol.

Dr. Ronald Krauser Dr. Krauser
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
48 years in practice
Wake Forest University School of Medicine
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Dr. Andrew Germanovich Dr. Germanovich
Pain Management
9 years in practice
Midwestern University Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine
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This past week I have a taken acetaminophen with alcohol I believe 2 or 3 times. I have stopped after seeing it causes liver damage. Will I be ok?

This past week I have a taken acetaminophen with alcohol I believe 2 or 3 times. I have stopped after seeing it causes liver damage. Will I be ok?

Yes.: Unless you took half a bottle of tylenol (acetaminophen) and washed it down with vodka or gin, you should be fine. Remember not a good idea to take medications with alcohol period.

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Dr. Mark Cantieri Dr. Cantieri
Pain Management
36 years in practice
Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences College of Osteopathic Medicine
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Can I drink alcohol while taking tylenol (acetaminophen)?

No.: It is ill advised to consume these together. Both are metabolized in the liver and concurrent use can be dangerous.

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Dr. Jeff Blixt Dr. Blixt
Addiction Medicine
20 years in practice
Midwestern University Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine
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Can. I drink alcohol. While im on tylenol (acetaminophen) 1000mg?

Can. I drink alcohol. While im on tylenol (acetaminophen) 1000mg?

No: Combining tylenol (acetaminophen) with alcohol have an additive effect that is greater than each substance alone in causing potential liver problems.

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