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Is it possible to drink alcohol if I have diabetes?

Is it possible to drink alcohol if I have diabetes?

How much, how often: An occasional drink is generally not harmful to most diabetics, but it depends on how "brittle" their diabetes is. In people who are not well controlled, alcohol will worsen that control. Safe drinking limits in men (2 standard drinks/day) and women and older men (1 drink/day) are not recommended in people with diabetes. You should talk to your doctor, who knows your situation, to get advice. ...Read more

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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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Is mild alcohol consumption ok for a person with type 1 diabetes mellitus?

Is mild alcohol consumption ok for a person with type 1 diabetes mellitus?

The plain facts: In order to keep as healthy as possible and maintain a normal weight and blood glucose level, a person must follow a strict diet designed by an expert in diabetes. If alcohol is drunk, it either replaces a more nourishing food or adds unwanted calories+weight. It is up to the individual with diabetes to decide, but if brittle, young or pregnant be especially careful. ...Read more

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Is it possible to drink alcohol while on xenical tablets?

Is it possible to drink alcohol while on xenical tablets?

Yes: There is no specific interaction with alcohol, however, xenical and alcohol are absorbed and metabolized in the liver and could cause worsening of liver disease if used together. ...Read more

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Is it possible to drink alcohol and focalin (dexmethylphenidate) XR ?

Is it possible to drink alcohol and focalin (dexmethylphenidate) XR ?

Not safe: www.drugs.com concomitant use of amphetamines and ethanol should be avoided if possible, especially in patients with a history of heart disease. The alcohol potentiates the effects of the amphetamines in the cardiovascular system leading to an increased risk of heart attacks and strokes. ...Read more

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Is it possible to drink alcohol 6 hours after i took an antibiotic pill?

Usually: In moderation. Do not drink alcohol if you are taking flagyll ( Metronidazole ) as that can induce an antibuse like reaction. ...Read more

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Is it possible to drink alcohol while on minaxen pills( contain minocycline antibiotic for acne) ?

Is it possible to drink alcohol while on minaxen pills( contain minocycline antibiotic for acne) ?

Not a good idea: Would recommend no consumption of alcohol, while using minocycline, as the side effects will be greatly increased and the effectiveness of the drug lessened. ...Read more

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Can i drink alcohol if i'm on bisoprolol 10mg?

Can i drink alcohol if i'm on bisoprolol 10mg?

Bisoprolol: I would be cautious since bisoprolol is a beta-blocker which can cause lowering of blood pressure & fainting. ...Read more

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Is it safe to drink alcohol if i took a vallium?

Probably not: Depends upon how far apart the ingestions are, but the combination of alcohol and benzodiazepines (such as valium) can be fatal, and valium is one of the longer-acting benzos. ...Read more

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Is it possible for me to drink alcohol if I am going to the dentist?

Is it possible for me to drink alcohol if I am going to the dentist?

Maybe: Some patients self medicate with alcohol because of fear of the dentist. Suggest a consultation with a dentist to learn about alternative methods of dealing with the fear. I have had success with hyonosis. ...Read more

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Can i drink alcohol if i'm taking doxycycline?

Can i drink alcohol if i'm taking doxycycline?

Yes: No problem taking tetracycline class antibiotics with alcohol but keep it in moderation. If you have a significant infection it would be best to abstain until the infection has resolved. ...Read more

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Can i drink alcohol if i'm taken zithromycin?

Alcohol/zithromycin: Not good idea at all, due to effect on stomach & liver. Double check with your primary care doc. ...Read more

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Can I drink alcohol if I'm taking roxithromycin? Even a small amount of alcohol? Or should I have absolutely zero alcohol?

 Can I drink alcohol if I'm taking roxithromycin? Even a small amount of alcohol? Or should I have absolutely zero alcohol?

You shouldn't: You can do anything you want; however, the risk of permanent liver damage increases significantly if you combine antibiotics and alcohol. Stay off the booze while on antibiotics. ...Read more

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Is it safe to drink alcohol if i may have a neurological issue?

Is it safe to drink alcohol if i may have a neurological issue?

Alcohol: Depends on the type of neurologic issue, severity & duration, & what treatment u r getting for it (medications). However, generally speaking, i would not recommend it. ...Read more

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Is it okay to drink alcohol if I have not take. Ativan (lorazepam) in 24 hours?

Is it okay to drink alcohol if I have not take. Ativan (lorazepam) in 24 hours?

Depends on amount: Alcohol is a CNS depressant similar to ativan, (lorazepam) i would recommending waiting 12 hours or longer before drinking alcohol. Since, it has been longer than 24 hours, you are safe to consume alcohol in a responsible fashion. ...Read more

Dr. Quang Nguyen
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Diabetes (Definition)

A group of diseases that result in too much sugar in the ...Read more