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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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How long would alcohol stay in your system? How long would I have to wait until I could take diphenhydramine as a sleep aid after my last drink?

How long would alcohol stay in your system? How long would I have to wait until I could take diphenhydramine as a sleep aid after my last drink?

Depends: Alcohol elimination depends on various factors including concomitant food consumption, other comorbidities, etc. Diphenhydramine is another sedating drug and isn't recommended to be taken with alcohol. See your physician for a full discussion. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/alcohol.html ...Read more

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I drink 1 serving of alcohol and 1 Benadryl (diphenhydramine) to sleep, is this deadly?

I drink 1 serving of alcohol and 1 Benadryl (diphenhydramine) to sleep, is this deadly?

Risky: To mix a clearly contraindicated substance with alcohol (both causing CNS depression) is very risky. Not necessarily lethal each time you try, but to take that risk is reckless. Call 911 if you feel suicidal. Consult your dr, and please do not mix meds with alcohol. Best wishes. ...Read more

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6 shots of alcohol mixed drinks been about 6 hours since last drink is it safe to take a benadryl?

6 shots of alcohol mixed drinks been about 6 hours since last drink is it safe to take a benadryl?

Better choices: Benadryl is sedating and adding that to alcohol magnifies the effect. The average rate of alcohol metabolism is 1 drink per hour, but many things effect that ( male/ female, weight, race, food eaten with it) taking it to sleep is probably ok but for allergies a non sedating antihistamine like Claritin is a better choice. Avoid it altogether if you are driving. Be safe. ...Read more

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I had one alcohol drink at 12:30 pm today, is it okay if I take my Benadryl (diphenhydramine) allergy pill tonight without getting sick?

I had one alcohol drink at 12:30 pm today, is it okay if I take my Benadryl (diphenhydramine) allergy pill tonight without getting sick?

Yes it is safe: You didn't mention the size of your one alcohol drink or the type of alcohol (beer, wine, whiskey). Provided a standard size drink of 8-12 ounces, you can safely take your Benadryl (diphenhydramine) tonight. Best wishes! ...Read more

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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 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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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 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 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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Ritalin! how long do I have to wait to drink alcohol after using it?

Wait for what ?: Both Ritalin (methylphenidate) and alcohol do have an effect on your brain, but are not totally incompadible. The short acting ritalins (methylphenidate) are in and out of your system in 4-6 hours or less, while the timed release forms may linger for 8 or so. If you want to avoid overlapping the drugs this should give you an idea.As long as you limit the alcohol to mild social consumption, i see no reason to worry about it. ...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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Dr. John Chiu
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Diphenhydramine (Definition)

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


Benadryl (Definition)

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