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Is it safe to drink alcohol 9 months after a kidney transplant? (let's say 2 drinks on the weekends)? What are the risks?

Is it safe to drink alcohol 9 months after a kidney transplant? (let's say 2 drinks on the weekends)? What are the risks?

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. I would address your specific circumstances with your transplant team who know you the best. ...Read more

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Dr. Gregg Albers
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Alcohol Consumption (Definition)

Alcohol is available in many beverages, from beer and wine to the more potent distilled spirits, such as gin, rye, and whiskey. There appear to be at least small health benefits of small amounts of alcohol use (fewer than five drinks per week), especially of red wine Excessive alcohol use can lead to addiction and severe social and physical complications. Excess long term alcohol use is the most common cause of cirrhosis of the ...Read more


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Can he take alcohol moderately after 2 yrs of kidney transplant?

Can he take alcohol moderately after 2 yrs of kidney transplant?

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 excessive alcohol can damage your liver. ...Read more

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I've had a kidney transplant in the year 2005 and my mother donated the kidney. My creatinine is 1.7 right now. Is it safe for me to consume alcohol ?

I've had a kidney transplant in the year 2005 and my mother donated the kidney. My creatinine is 1.7 right now. Is it safe for me to consume alcohol ?

Yes, in moderation: Alcohol does not specifically harm kidney function although it does have a gentle diuretic effect. If there is no other specific health reason to avoid alcohol use (such as liver disease or other medication that should not be used with alcohol), then an occasional drink is reasonable. Of course, this must be done in a socially responsible manner (do not drink + drive, etc). ...Read more

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What if I only have one kidney am I able to still drink alcohol?

What if I only have one kidney am I able to still drink alcohol?

Ask your oncologist: Even though ovarian cancers are not caused by hormones, i would still ask your oncologist. ...Read more

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Can i drink alcohol with only one kidney?

Can i drink alcohol with only one kidney?

Yes/no: Kidney function is not altered by alcohol and vice a versa. So moderate amount of alcohol drinking is acceptable but drink lots of water with it in order to avoid dehydration(which Alcohol can cause as it is a diuretic and makes you urinate more than normal). So drinking water with alcohol and after wards for 12 hours will provide the extra protection to your remaining kidney. ...Read more

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If you have kidney disease can you safely drink alcohol?

If you have kidney disease can you safely drink alcohol?

Yes: Your body will detoxify the alcohol in your liver, but if you get dehydrated, the kidney function will decrease causing more kidney problems. ...Read more

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I'm just wondering, if you have kidney disease can you drink alcohol?

I'm just wondering, if you have kidney disease can you drink alcohol?

Usually: Upto 2 drinks a day for men, and one for women are considered ok, but this might not apply to everyone. This amount might not be safe in more advanced ckd. And this is for store liquor; moonshine on the other hand has lead and is notorious for causing kidney disease (lead nephropathy). ...Read more

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Can i drink alcohol with one good kidney?

Can i drink alcohol with one good kidney?

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 the non steroidal anti inflammatory medications. ...Read more

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Can i drink alcohol after donating a kidney?

Can i drink alcohol after donating a kidney?

Yes: If yoiu are healthy after donating the kidney, you should not have a problem drinking alcohol. Alcohol is detoxified in the liver, so if you have a healthy liver, you can drink alcohol. ...Read more

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Can you drink alcohol when your kidney use to be yellow when you was a baby and now your kidney is better and not yellow?

Can you drink alcohol when your kidney use to be yellow when you was a baby and now your kidney is better and not yellow?

Alcohol affects the: Liver more than the kidneys. See your dr for a comprehensive evaluation including liver and kidney function before you indulge in your passion. Take care ! ...Read more

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Can you drink alcohol with a kidney infection?

Can you drink alcohol with a kidney infection?

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 bacteria. It is also a dehydrating agent since it increases urination without replacing an equivalent volume of liquid, and dehydration is not good in face of infection. On the other hand, if under treatment with approp meds, probably harmless. ...Read more

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Alcohol consumption with the kidney disease, nephrocalsinosis... Casual drinking okay? Not okay?

Alcohol consumption with the kidney disease, nephrocalsinosis... Casual drinking okay? Not okay?

Avoid alcoholic beve: My friend .I think you must avoid to drink alcoholic beverages and is much better for you situation and kidney diseases. ...Read more

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Is it bad to drink alcohol when you have kidney cancer?

Is it bad to drink alcohol when you have kidney cancer?

No: Unless alcohol interacts with any treatment for kidney cancer, alcohol itself doesn't affect this condition. ...Read more

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If a person has polycystic kidney disease, can she drink alcohol or smoke sheesha or a cigarette?

PKD: Cigarette smoking always a bad idea with any type of disease as it can lead to cancer, atherosclerosis and increased risk of end stage renal disease. Alcohol in small amounts (1-2 drinks/day) should not be an issue unless there is liver involvement with the PKD (it can in rare cases lead to such cystic involvement that the liver fails). ...Read more

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Having acute kidney failure for the second time in two years.why does this keep happening?long term effects?i drink alcohol,does that effect it?

Having acute kidney failure for the second time in two years.why does this keep happening?long term effects?i drink alcohol,does that effect it?

Alcohol: is very much a cause as it can lead to dehydration. Even though you think you are drinking plenty of fluids you are not. Do yourself a favor stop the booze, drink water. See a nephrologist as you are at risk for chronic kidney problems. ...Read more

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I have had intermittent right kidney pain for a month and pain in my kidney area when I urinate. If I drink alcohol the next day makes the pain more?

I have had intermittent right kidney pain for a month and pain in my kidney area when I urinate. If I drink alcohol the next day makes the pain more?

Kidney pain: You may have a kidney stone and may need imaging like ultrasound or CT for diagnosis. Small stones are usually treated with hydration and pain medication and pass on their own, but that has not happened. Larger stones at times need intervention when symptomatic. Alcohol increases urine flow, so increases the pain, Stones can obstruct/cause infections. See a doctor /urgent car within 48-72 hours ...Read more

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I used to smoke marijuana & im a smoker and drink alcohol im 23 years old did that have caused chronic kidney disease?

I used to smoke marijuana & im a smoker and drink alcohol im 23 years old did that have caused chronic kidney disease?

High risk: It was always known that smoking increase the risk of kidney disease. Now, a research shows that smoking may lead to potentially dangerous changes in kidney function even in healthy population, regardless the age. Another study concluded that smoking and alcohol drinking chronic kidney disease and it was supported by evidence of a dose-response trend. Think to change your life style. ...Read more

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Are people who drink alcohol eligible for a liver transplant?

Are people who drink alcohol eligible for a liver transplant?

Not current drinkers: Most centers require a certain amount of time of abstenence from alcohol before liver transplant. 6 months to a year is common. ...Read more

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Dr. Dariush Saghafi
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Transplant (Definition)

In medicine: a transfer from one body or body part to another of an organ (liver, heart, lung, kidney, pancreas bowel) or tissue (hand, face, hair). The immune system fights foreign invaders (like infections) so it will reject transplants from other people (allotransplants) because they look like infections. So transplants usually require drugs to ...Read more


Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
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Kidney Transplant (Definition)

Kidneys anatomically require connection to an artery for blood supply, a vein for blood drainage and the bladder for urine outflow. In a transplant a healthy kidney is disconnected from its usual attachments and moved to a new location with those 3 requirements (artery, vein, bladder). This may be an auto-txp - somewhere else in your own body; or an allo-txp -from ...Read more