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After drinking beer, can take antihistamines?

After drinking beer, can take antihistamines?

Only newer kind: The new-generation antihistamine such as Claritin (loratadine) or Allegra possess virtually no sedating effect and I don't see any problem with it. I do caution however that a rare individual may still get drowsiness from them even though in studies the incidence is no higher than taking a sugar pill. Thus try it first before you combine alcohol with it. ...Read more

Benadryl (Definition)

Diphenhydramine is a sedating antihistamine which is a kind of antihistamine type drug (common ...Read more


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Can I drink chocloate when having symptoms of cold? Could I take antihistamine now? Thanks.

Can I drink chocloate when having symptoms of cold? Could I take antihistamine now? Thanks.

Yes and yes: Hoping you feel better. Antihistamines aren't really for colds, if that's what you have. Pseudoephedrine's helpful for a cold so long as you use only the recommended amount and only for a few days. Assuming you are otherwise healthy. ...Read more

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Can I safely take cetirizine or any antihistamine AFTER drinking alcohol? For exemple in case of allergic reaction right after/during a party?

Can I safely take cetirizine or any antihistamine AFTER drinking alcohol? For exemple in case of allergic reaction right after/during a party?

Usually: But the older antihistamines (Benadryl (diphenhydramine) (diphenhydramine) etc) tends to cause additive drowsiness effect to alochol. A rule of thumb is that a Benadryl (diphenhydramine) 25 mg= 1 shot of alcohol in sedation. The newer ones don't have this issue. ...Read more

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Why does drinking coffee make my eyes itchy and throat sore? I take PPIs and antihistamines daily

Why does drinking coffee make my eyes itchy and throat sore? I take PPIs and antihistamines daily

Avoid coffee: Obviously you are reacting to something in the coffee. You can change brands and see if that helps. If the symptoms persist, then try tea or some other beveridge. ...Read more

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How long should I wait to take a dose of Benadryl (diphenhydramine) after having an alcoholic drink?

How long should I wait to take a dose of Benadryl (diphenhydramine) after having an alcoholic drink?

Depends: Count Benadryl (diphenhydramine) as a drink (some say as much as two but I think it depends on the individual) for its effects on your body and mind, then judge for yourself. Drink +driving= potential disaster. ...Read more

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Can I drink alcohol after hours from taking an antihistamine pill?

Can I drink alcohol after hours from taking an antihistamine pill?

Minimal info here: You don't really say enough to be certain - but - if it was a standard OTC like benadryl - and you took the directed amount and you take no other medications and have no other conditions that recommend no alcohol - a minimal to moderate amount should be ok. That means 1 or 2 (at most) w/ some food taken at a pleasant rate. Don't get drunk! That's never a good idea. ...Read more

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Husband quit drinking alcohol a month ago and skin itches, keeps him up at night even when taking antihistamine. Related to quitting drinking?

Husband quit drinking alcohol a month ago and skin itches, keeps him up at night even when taking antihistamine. Related to quitting drinking?

Not expected.: Alcohol usually worsens itching unless one has drunk oneself into a semi-stupor. Not all itching is induced by histamine and thus it may not work at all. Dry skin is the most common cause for itching without a rash, consider applying a moisturizer <3 mins after bathing to see if this helps. Make sure that no new medication or supplement was introduced shortly before the onset of itching. ...Read more

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How long do you have to wait after taiking Benadryl (diphenhydramine) to drink?

How long do you have to wait after taiking Benadryl (diphenhydramine) to drink?

Labels: Labels usually indicate how long a medication is effective. With any medication, mixing it with alcohol is not a good idea. ...Read more

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How long after drinking is it safe to take benadryl (diphenhydramine)?

How long after drinking is it safe to take benadryl (diphenhydramine)?

Any time: If alcohol makes you drowsy, adding a Benadryl (diphenhydramine) will increase the effect. A rule of thumb is to count a 25 mg Benadryl (diphenhydramine) as an extra drink on drowsiness. ...Read more

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I took one benadryl how long I wait to drink wine?

I took one benadryl how long I wait to drink wine?

At least 6 hours: Benadryl reaches its peak plasma cocentration in 2to3 hours. It's affect is rather short acting 4to6 hours only. There may still be some affect left but it is safe to drink wine after 6 hours. Dependin on how much wine you drink, I suggest you do not drive ...Read more

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How long after drinking at least 4 oz of whisky is mixed drinks is it safe to take Benadryl (diphenhydramine)?

That's a lot: Taking 25 mg of Benadryl (diphenhydramine) will be like having consumed 1-2 extra oz of whiskey in term of drowsiness effect. If you have previously consumed 6 oz of whiskey without problem, this may be ok. However if you had never drunk this much, then I would be cautious with the Benadryl (diphenhydramine). ...Read more

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Can I take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) after drinking?

Not a good idea: How much alcohol was consumed and how long since the last drink. Mixing alcohol and Benadryl (diphenhydramine) (or any medication) is not a good idea. ...Read more

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Is it ok to drink 2 drinks and take benadryl (diphenhydramine)?

Not a good idea: Drinking and mixing any medications is not a good idea. ...Read more

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Is it possible for me to take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) after having one drink?

Take with precaution: Depending on how much effects you get after one drink. If you are sensitive to alcohol and one drink already makes you sleepy, you should not take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) at that time. Otherwise, since both cause drowsiness, you should take it with precaution. ...Read more

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Antihistamine (Definition)

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