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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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Is it safe to drink alcohol while taking valacyclovir for oral herpes?

Is it safe to drink alcohol while taking valacyclovir for oral herpes?

Yes, in moderation: There are no contraindications to drinking alcohol while taking valacyclovir for oral herpes. Contraindications/cautions include: hypersens to drug/class/compon, caution if immunocompormised, advanced hiv, renal impairment, concurrent nephrotoxic agents, elderly, if dehydrated. Getting drunk may not be safe to yourself and/or to others, however. That's why i suggest drinking in "moderation". ...Read more

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Can you drink alcohol while taking Valtrex (valacyclovir) for genital herpes?

Can you drink alcohol while taking Valtrex (valacyclovir) for genital herpes?

Not wise,,,: Although there's no noted contraindication to doing this, it's generally not a good idea to drink alcohol with any drug, especially large amounts of alcohol that can affect the metabolism and concentration of that drug, and increase side effects. Having said that, it's unlikely that a glass of wine or small amount of alcohol would be significant, unless it is a major contraindication for the drug ...Read more

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Any medications its safe to drink alcohol with?

Any medications its safe to drink alcohol with?

Alcohol: Alcohol can interact with medication and cause either additive effect (toxicity) or lowers potency of medication. The only safe medicine that comes to mind is placebo (sugar pill). ...Read more

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Is it ok to drink alcohol after 7 days of medications?

Is alcohol safe: The answer to this question very much depends on the medications you are taking. Certain medication can have a serious interactions with alcohol and others will not. In this matter, your pharmacist is a great reference. Ask the pharmacist where you get most of your prescriptions filled. ...Read more

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Are there certain medications I should absolutely avoid if I drink alcohol?

Are there certain medications I should absolutely avoid if I drink alcohol?

Yes: There are may drugs that have potentially dangerous interactions with alcohol, too numerous to list here. They may include prescription agents, over the counter drugs and herbal products. Check with your pharmacist or doctor before using any such agent. ...Read more

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I am taking propanonalol how long when I have finished taking this medication can I drink alcohol ?

Not recommended: Alcohol, when mixed with propranolol, may increase plasma levels of propranolol. Moderation as always the key. Ask your physician for more information. ...Read more

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Why can't you drink alcohol with BV medication?

Why can't you drink alcohol with BV medication?

It causes vomiting: Metronidazole and tinidazole, the most commonly used treatments for bv, cause vomiting when combined with alcohol. Sometimes, the reaction can be quite severe. ...Read more

Herpes (Definition)

There are different types of herpes infections; herpes simplex infection of mouth (gingivostomatitis) and lips (labialis) are the most common. Others include genital herpes, and herpes zoster. Herpes infection could very mild to very dangerous depending on the type and location of the body affected. I ...Read more