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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

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 taking 50mg Benadryl (diphenhydramine) is it safe to drink alcohol?

How long after taking 50mg Benadryl (diphenhydramine) is it safe to drink alcohol?

6 hours if not longe: The drowsiness effect from Benadryl (diphenhydramine) varies from one person to another. Although the antihistaminic effect may last for over a day, the drowsiness effect is likely less than 6 hrs. Alcohol just makes the drowsiness worse. ...Read more

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If you drink Benadryl (diphenhydramine) can you drink alcohol?

If you drink Benadryl (diphenhydramine) can you drink alcohol?

Be very careful: Benadryl (diphenhydramine) impairs your driving skills and so could alcohol. Both together is like adding one plus one and getting three. Cut back on your alcohol consumption when you use benadryl (diphenhydramine). ...Read more

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Can I drink alcohol if I completed a 3 day course of 50mg of benadryl (diphenhydramine) yesterday?

Can I drink alcohol if I completed a 3 day course of 50mg of benadryl (diphenhydramine) yesterday?

Should be OK.: The Benadryl (diphenhydramine) should be well out of your system by now. Just don't take anymore Benadryl (diphenhydramine) if you're going to be drinking? ...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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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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How long should you wait to drink alcohol after taking hydrocodene?

How long should you wait to drink alcohol after taking hydrocodene?

Hydrocodone and alco: Simply put when you take any opioid you should not drink alcohol, drive or operate machinery. From a safety point of view I would wait 24 hrs from the last pill taken before taking alcohol. Different md's have different views - I tend to be a little more strict and cautious. ...Read more

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How long should you wait to drink alcohol after taking a vicodin?

Do not mix: You should not take any alcohol while you are taking opioids (like vicodin). Both depress the central nervous system and can be a dangerous combination. ...Read more

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How long should you wait to drink alcohol after taking allergy pills?

How long should you wait to drink alcohol after taking allergy pills?

Never: Most over-the counter allergy pills can cause some amount of sedation. Even "non-sedating antihistamines " such as Claritin (loratadine) or Allegra make some people drowsy. Since both alcohol and antihistamines can impair mental funtioning and reactions times, it is never advisable to mix these medications. ...Read more

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How long should you wait to drink alcohol after taking the recommended dose of extra strength tylenol (acetaminophen) pm?

Tylenol (acetaminophen) and Alcohol: I may be going against the grain here, but please if you are drinking do not use any product with acetominophen or tylenol (acetaminophen).

I have seen too much liver damage from this over the counter medication, especially those with other diseases or who drink regularly.

Tylenol is toxic to the liver. And this toxicity can increase with ongoing use of both of these products: alcohol and tylenol (acetaminophen). ...Read more

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How long should you wait to drink alcohol after a foot surgery?

Talk to your Surgeon: Generally after surgery you should avoid alcohol while you are taking any medication that is processed through the liver. Therefore, the best answer to this question is obtained by asking your surgeon who will know what medications he/she has prescribed you. ...Read more

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How long should you wait to drink alcohol after hiatial hernia repair?

How long should you wait to drink alcohol after hiatial hernia repair?

As tolerated: Alcohol per se does not have any specific time restriction. If you're taking narcotic pain medicine however I would avoid alcohol use. Furthermore, carbonated beverage can be problematic in terms of bloating and probably should be avoided for between four and six weeks, or at least as long until you're able to reserve resume normal food intake. Call your surgeon with any questions however because they know your case a bit better. Best of luck. ...Read more

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How long should I wait to drink alcohol after taking a laxative?

How long should I wait to drink alcohol after taking a laxative?

See below: Need to be hydrated. Urine needs to light in color. The darker yellow the more dehydrated you are. ...Read more

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How long do I have to wait to drink alcohol after taking claritin?

How long do I have to wait to drink alcohol after taking claritin?

For ever: Alcohol is a poison and it never did anybody any good, ever. So abstain.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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How long do you have to wait to drink alcohol after taking 609mg ibrophen?

How long do you have to wait to drink alcohol after taking 609mg ibrophen?

I depends: In the short run combining "ibuprophen" with some alcohol is generally quite safe. Combo might upset the stomach but unlikely nothing serious from an occasional use of both. When dealing with some painful conditions using alcohol can though be problematic. Talk with your doc. ...Read more

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How long should I wait to drink alcohol after taking acetaminophen?

How long should I wait to drink alcohol after taking acetaminophen?

It depends...: There is no exact time. Alcohol and Acetaminophen (tylenol) are both metabolized by the liver. The more you stress the liver with one, the less of the other that can be safely ingested. For example, an alcoholic with cirrhosis could potentially have problems with as little as 2 grams of Acetaminophen in 24 hours...And a young healthy person could take a moderate dose of both without any problem. ...Read more

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How long should I wait to drink alcohol after taking clonazepam? It has been two days

How long should I wait to drink alcohol after taking clonazepam? It has been two days

Clonazepam & Alcohol: The half-life of Clonazepam is 19-60 hours, depending on the state of your liver and other health. This means you still have clonazapam in you, although less than 48 hours ago. It takes 4-6 days for all the Clonazepam to be eliminated from your system, assuming you don't take any further doses. I suggest not drinking alcohol with this medication at all. Please discuss with your doctor. ...Read more

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How long should I wait to drink alcohol after taking flexeril (cyclobenzaprine hcl)?

How long should I wait to drink alcohol after taking flexeril (cyclobenzaprine hcl)?

At least 8 hours: Both can cause drowsiness, & combination can cause severe drowsiness. Usual dose for Flexeril (cyclobenzaprine hcl) is 3 times a day; so sedation risk less after 8 hours. Ideally should not drink alcohol with medications, especially ones that can cause additive effects. ...Read more

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How long to wait to drink alcohol after taking azithromycin for std?

STDs: Interactions between Metronidazole and alcohol exist. Some of these interactions may be severe and some potentially dangerous. Pharmacists will warn patients to avoid using alcohol while using the medication and for three days after the last dose of the medication has been used. According to the literature, there are severe side effects that include nausea, vomiting, flushing, etc. ...Read more

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How long do I wait to drink alcohol after finishing clindamycin?

How long do I wait to drink alcohol after finishing clindamycin?

Very short 1/2 life: Clindamycin is out of your system w/in hours of the last pill and there is no danger from the combo in any case. The very important reason NOT to combine them is the reduction in antibiotic effectiveness. You want the effects to be optimal but after the drug is finished and out of your system that's over. So, drink moderately (always!) and you should be okay. Especially if the original issue's ok. ...Read more

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


Dr. Paul Carter
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Antihistamine (Definition)

Sedating and non-sedating antihistamines prevent and treat allergic reactions, and are ...Read more