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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 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
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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

Benadryl (Definition)

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