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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

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When after taking cold medication can I drink alcohol?

Depends: Liquid cold medicines often contain alcohol anyway. Read all labels. Some cause drosiness, dizziness and blood pressure changes, which can be made worse with alcohol. Will depend on how much alcohol is consumed. Excessive alcohol consumption can be detrimental to health regardless of any associated conditions. ...Read more

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Is it okay to drink alcohol while on thryoid medication?

Moderation: Like anything moderation is the key. You may be taking other medications which may be problematic with alcohol. Talk it over with your physician or pharmacist. ...Read more

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I'm on medication but whenever I drink alcohol heavily I become suicidal. Is alcohol my problem here? (i drink on occasion, last night was horrible)

I'm on medication but whenever I drink alcohol heavily I become suicidal. Is alcohol my problem here? (i drink on occasion, last night was horrible)

Serotonin receptors: One of the reasons you should not drink on seroytergic drugs is exactly this reaction which I have noted can cause severe suicidality even with as little as two drinks. This is a worse depression than when you started on the medication. The prosuicidal effect can last up to 72 hours. Alcohol can cause depression on its own anyway. Do yourself a favor and stop drinking even if hospital is needed. ...Read more

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Is it okay to drink alcohol while having medication prescribed for conjunctivitis?

Is it okay to drink alcohol while having medication prescribed for conjunctivitis?

Depression: Both have sedative effect, but adding them depends on what antidepressant meds. U are already prescribed. Best to discuss with your doc. ...Read more

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Can I drink alcohol with atenolol medication?

Yes: Yes if there are no other issues. Just drink in moderation. One drink a day can be good for the heart. More can raise blood pressure in addition to other problems. ...Read more

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Can you drink alcohol when taking hypertension medication?

Can you drink alcohol when taking hypertension medication?

In moderation: 1-2 ounces of alcohol per day should not adversely affect your hypertension or your anti hypertensive medications. Actually, there are several long-term studies that suggest 1-2 ounces per day can have positive effects. However, moderate to heavy alcohol consumption is never recommended. ...Read more

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Is nizatidine safe to take longer than 6weeks? Can I drink alcohol if on this medication?

Is nizatidine safe to take longer than 6weeks? Can I drink alcohol if on this medication?

Nizatidine > 6 Weeks: Nizatidine is generally safe to take for longer than 6 weeks. But, if you need to take it for 6 weeks or longer, your symptoms probably indicate that you should be under a doctor's care. If you're not, check in with your doctor. You can have an occasional drink, but alcohol will make your GI symptoms worse which is counter productive as to why you're taking the nizatidine. ...Read more

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Should you drink alcohol, if going to have one or two cups, after or before taking beta blocker medication metropolol 25 mg.?

Should you drink alcohol, if going to have one or two cups, after or before taking beta blocker medication metropolol 25 mg.?

Not a good idea: Its never a good idea to mix medication with alcohol. Although there is not a direct reaction between alcohol and a beta blocker the efffect of alcohol on blood pressure and pulse rate may make immediate use of either after the other a bad idea. To be safe I would take the beta blocker either in the morning or just before bed so that alcohol can be taken at the "usual" cocktail hour time!
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Can I drink alcohol while taking celexa (citalopram)? Is there any medications that should not be taken with celexa (citalopram)?

Not a good idea but: Drinking alcohol while taking Celexa (citalopram) can increase the side effects of Celexa (citalopram) and vice versa. But if you drink, drink only small or moderate amont. That is 1drink a day for women and two drinks a day for men, and be careful as to side effects. You should not take MAO inhibiters, ectasy street drug, other ssris, st john warts, other sedatives and sleeping pills if approved by your doctor with care. Ask ur md. ...Read more

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Take 45 mg of buspirone daily. OK to drink alcohol on this medication? It does not say not to just that it may amplify side effects.

Don't drink alcohol: Talk to your doctor. In general, I don't recommend drinking any alcohol while taking this medication. Alcohol use can interfere with the therapeutic benefits of the Buspar (buspirone). Also, it places you at risk for over sedation or other side effects. ...Read more

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Was put on buspirone 7.5mg twice a day for anxiety and was wondering if you can drink alcohol in moderation on this medication no driving Obviously?

Ask doctor/pharmacy: Depends on what you mean by moderation, and depends on whether alcohol has been problematic for you in the past. Alcohol use can be a cause of anxiety, or can often be a dysfunctional response to anxiety. It also can worsen gastritis and even be a cause of GI bleeding. This should be something you discuss with the prescribing physician and/or your pharmacist. An single social drink ok, more not ...Read more

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It is a problem to drink alcohol after taking allergy medication?

It is a problem to drink alcohol after taking allergy medication?

Alcohol: Because many allergy medications can cause drowsiness, even the non-drowsy ones, it is not a good idea to drink alcohol while on one of the systemic allergy medications. I recommend that you not drink alcohol when taking allergy medications. ...Read more

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How dangerous is it to drink alcohol while taking any antidepressant medication?

How dangerous is it to drink alcohol while taking any antidepressant medication?

Depends.: Excessive alcohol use can damage your liver so that it is not able to metabolize antidepressants causing them to accumulate in the blood stream and not be excreted at the usual rate - so side effects could be more pronounced. Alcohol acts as a depressant so it will directly interfere with any benefits of taking an antidepressant. In large amounts both substances can kill you -- don't do it! ...Read more

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I take flecainide 100mg twice a day. Is it dangerous to drink alcohol on this medication? Even just a tiny bit?

I take flecainide 100mg twice a day. Is it dangerous to drink alcohol on this medication? Even just a tiny bit?

Moderation ok: You can drink tiny bit of alcohol while taking flicainide which is prescribed for cardiac arrhythmia.Bu do not over do it and at next visit with your doctor discuss it ...Read more

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Can I drink alcohol while on smoxillin, nexium (esomeprazole) and biaxin medication?

Can I drink alcohol while on smoxillin, nexium (esomeprazole) and biaxin medication?

You may...: There are minor interactions between the agents you mentioned, according to the following reference: http://www. Drugs. Com/interactions-check. Php? Drug_list=187-0, 1034-14582, 685-337, 1015-567 ...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