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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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How long after drinking alcohol can start antabuse (disulfiram)?

How long after drinking alcohol can start antabuse (disulfiram)?

Eight hours: Just stop drinking — half-life of alcohol is about four hours. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can antabuse (disulfiram) damage the liver? Can drinking alcohol twice while on antabuse (disulfiram) damage the liver?

Can antabuse (disulfiram) damage the liver? Can drinking alcohol twice while on antabuse (disulfiram) damage the liver?

Antabuse (disulfiram): Drinking damages liver way more than Antabuse (disulfiram) does. Antabuse (disulfiram) is fairly low risk as far as liver damage. I would not compromise on drinking while on Antabuse (disulfiram) due to severe interaction side effects Antabuse (disulfiram) and drinking have. It looks, though, that it really doesn't work in your case if you're planning to drink while taking it. I would seek another way of quitting drinking. ...Read more

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How soon after drinking alcohol can I take antabuse (disulfiram)? I am concerned about eating in restaurants and getting alcohol in food. What about hair dye?

At least 24 hours: Wait at least 24 hours after drinking, to take any antabuse (disulfiram). If alcohol is used in cooking, it is generally burned off in the process -- no longer available as free alcohol to cause a reaction. Not so with liquor-laden desserts like creme de menthe over ice cream, etc. Ask for ingredients when ordering. Do not drink hair dye under any circumstances! Used on your head, shouldn't be a problem. ...Read more

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What are the downsides to Antabuse (disulfiram) or similar? Seems like a no brainer if one wants a bit of neg reinforcement to alcohol consumption?

What are the downsides to Antabuse (disulfiram) or similar? Seems like a no brainer if one wants a bit of neg reinforcement to alcohol consumption?

Can't drink: If you are serious about not drinking it can be helpful--if you impulsively drink you may end up in the ER! People who really don't want to quit say shaving lotion makes them sick or what if they eat something cooked in wine etc. Sounds like you are serious about not drinking & it should be of help to you! ...Read more

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How long after drinking alcohol do I have to wait to take .25 mg xanax (alprazolam)? I do not take Xanax (alprazolam) regularly, I only use it situationally.

How long after drinking alcohol do I have to wait to take .25 mg xanax (alprazolam)? I do not take Xanax (alprazolam) regularly, I only use it situationally.

Until you are sober: I would not recommend taking xanax (alprazolam) at all, until you're completely sober and you have been prescribed this by your physician. If you're being treated for anxiety or depression, I would suggest stopping alcohol because it complicates your recovery. If you're withdrawing from alcohol and having anxiety & shakiness related to that, I would suggest getting help for your alcohol abuse. ...Read more

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How long do I have to wait after drinking alcohol to take flu medicine?

Dr. Alan Ali Dr. Ali
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How long do I have to wait after drinking alcohol to take flu medicine?

Alcohol & Medication: Depending on amount of alcohol consumed & what type of medications. Usually, moderate consumption of alcohol when taken within 1-2 hours of sedating or blood pressure lowering type of medications can add to sedation & is not advised. Also, there is additive effect on stomach & liver. ...Read more

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How long do you wait after drinking alcohol before having a full blood test?

Depends on the: Test concerned. Blood alcohol will dissipate in about 24 hours or fewer. Other changes in blood components, e.g. Carbohydrate deficient transferrin may be abnormal for up to two weeks, particularly after drinking for a few days. Ggt and other liver enzymes may be elevated, even after one drinking episode, for 2-3 days. ...Read more

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How long after taking propranolol (20mg) should I wait before drinking alcohol? I take it for anxiety during presentations. 4 hours? 12 hours? 1 day?

How long after taking propranolol (20mg) should I wait before drinking alcohol? I take it for anxiety during presentations. 4 hours? 12 hours? 1 day?

Not recommend: Alcohol may increase or decrease levels and possibly effect of propanolol. The plasma half-life of Propranolol is from 3 to 6 hours. It is recommended that you avoid drinking alcohol while you are taking propranolol. Be prudent, sensible and careful. ...Read more

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How long should I wait to ingest clonazepam after drinking alcohol?

Dr. Alan Ali Dr. Ali
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How long should I wait to ingest clonazepam after drinking alcohol?

Klonopin/alcohol: I always advise against mixing the two, due to excess sedation & memory problems, as well as more intensified hangover symptoms the following morning. ...Read more

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How long should I wait after recovering from mono before drinking alcohol? I have been over it for a couple months now, if not a little more.

How much alcohol?: And was your liver affected? If you had mono hepatitis, you need to talk to your doctor and make sure your enzyme levels are completely normal. Truly social drinking (less than 2 drinks, a couple times a week at most) should not be a problem, but regular or heavier drinking may well be. Your own physician is the best person to answer this question, but my? Is if alcohol is problem for you? ...Read more

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I'm wondering how long should I wait before drinking alcohol after taking metronidazole?

By the book, 10 days: The 'antabuse' (or disulfiram) effects of Metronidazole may last many days, in some cases as many as 10 days after a usual 7-10 day course of flagyl, and the potential to get nausea, vomiting, flushing, severe headache and even fainting from an antabuse-reaction may be present for that long. ...Read more

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How long should I wait before drinking alcohol after taking Flexeril (cyclobenzaprine hcl)? To be on the safe side, I mean 4-6+ drinks instead of just 1-2 drinks.

How long should I wait before drinking alcohol after taking Flexeril (cyclobenzaprine hcl)? To be on the safe side, I mean 4-6+ drinks instead of just 1-2 drinks.

Don't: Presumably, you are taking flexeril (cyclobenzaprine hcl) for muscle spasm. You shouldn't be drinking excessively if you are having muscle spasms because you will be making the medical condition worse that causes the spasm. Flexeril (cyclobenzaprine hcl) is meant to be used for short term use so get better first. If you have chronic pain then really you should quit alcohol as this habit will make your pain worse in the long run ...Read more

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Dr. Arthur Aylsworth
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Disulfiram (Definition)

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Dr. Oscar Novick
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Antabuse (Definition)

Antabuse is an addiction reducing agent which is a ...Read more