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Lithium (Definition)

Chemically, lithium is a light, soft, alkali metal. It's very highly reactive, so that in nature it's only found in compound form. It's useful in batteries. As a medication, Lithium Carbonate and citrate can be used to stabilize mood in people with bipolar disorder. In these people it can help with both mania and depression. Blood level monitoring is ...Read more


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Why would alcohol interfere cause side effects when taken with medication?

Why would alcohol interfere cause side effects when taken with medication?

Selective absorption: Alcohol will delay the absorption of any medication taken along with its' consumption and the alcohol will be absorbed preferentially. ...Read more

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I have been drinking small amounts of rubbing alcohol for the past few days. When will I start seeing side effects?

I have been drinking small amounts of rubbing alcohol for the past few days. When will I start seeing side effects?

Isopropanol alcohol: Why would you ingest rubbing alcohol? It has bad effects on the brain. It can be life threatening if continued. Please seek help. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of drinking alcohol on fetus?

What are the side effects of drinking alcohol on fetus?

Fetal alcohol syndro: It can cause fetal alcohol syndrome it can cause brain damage and affect child behavior. Pregnant women should not drink alcohol at all. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of drinking alcohol while taking azo?

What are the side effects of drinking alcohol while taking azo?

Drug interaction: Checker revealed no interactions between Azo and alcohol. ...Read more

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Could diet pills have severe side effects when mixed with alcohol?

Could diet pills have severe side effects when mixed with alcohol?

Diet pills: It depends on the type of diet pills. Some are in the category of stimulants, which suppress one's appetite. Therefore, one may be able to drink more alcohol without feeling sleepy, for example. This may lead to a dangerous situation, like trying to drive while under the influence. As such, I would be very careful. A single glass of wine or one beer is okay, but I would stop there. Good luck. ...Read more

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Possible side effects of long term use of rhinocort together with alcohol?

Possible side effects of long term use of rhinocort together with alcohol?

None: There are no side effects related to the use oh rhinocort and alcohol together. There are no clinically significant long term effects from long term use of rhinocort, but long term use of alcohol could certainly result in adverse effects. ...Read more

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What would be the side effects of mixing apo-desmopressin tablets and alcohol?

What would be the side effects of mixing apo-desmopressin tablets and alcohol?

Competing: Hi. Alcohol and apo-desmopressin have competing effects. Alcohol promotes diuresis and desmopressin is an anti-diuretic. Drink responsibly. Happy holidays. ...Read more

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Side effects of Effexor (venlafaxine) while drinking alcohol?

Side effects of Effexor (venlafaxine) while drinking alcohol?

Not a great combo: As a rough rule of thumb, Effexor (venlafaxine) will double the effects of alcohol, and alcohol will double the side effects of effexor (venlafaxine). So the best recommendation is skip the alcohol. At the very least, keep this formula in mind. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what are side effects of drinking alcohol on lamictal?

Prob not a good idea: I am guessing you are taking it for mood stability. Alcohol is bad for mood stability. Also, not sure about lamictal, but with ssris, alcohol washes the medication out of the body, and the med is trying to build to a steady blood level. See the problem? In addition to alcohol being a depressant, it lowers the blood level of many meds. ...Read more

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Can there be any side effects of alcohol against protein powder?

Can there be any side effects of alcohol against protein powder?

No: There are no direct interactions between alcohol and protein powder, but it doesn't sound like a very palatable cocktail. :-) also if you have liver failure from drinking too much alcohol, you need to be careful about the amount of protein you consume. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what are side effects of drinking isopropyl alcohol?

Could you tell me what are side effects of drinking isopropyl alcohol?

Horrible: The international programme on chemical safety, says ingesting isopropyl alcohol can be lethal (8 oz lethal -adult & 3 oz lethal- child). It can cause vomiting, seizures, loss of consciousness & respiratory problems. Isoproply alcohol would only be consumed by someone who was stupid or someone who was suicidal. If are considering suicide - please go to your nearest er for help. ...Read more

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What side effects are commonly associated with drinking isopropyl alcohol?

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What side effects are commonly associated with drinking isopropyl alcohol?

Toxic alcohol: Drinking rubbing alcohol cause vomitting, stomach cramps, severe drownsiness which can lead to coma and death! ...Read more

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Are there side effects of mixing the medicine zyrtec (cetirizine) with alcohol?

Are there side effects of mixing the medicine zyrtec (cetirizine) with alcohol?

Possibly: Alcohol causes sedation (sleepiness). Zyrtec (cetirizine) can cause sedation (not in everyone, but in many). Mixing the two can compound the effect - making you extra sedated. Extra sleepy. But then that can translate to greater impairment in judgement. Meaning - not thinking clearly.... ...Read more

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I drank alcohol on ciprofloxacin. I read it's ok in moderation but a bottle of wine in one night may be over doing it. What will the side effects be?

I drank alcohol on ciprofloxacin. I read it's ok in moderation but a bottle of wine in one night may be over doing it. What will the side effects be?

Ciprofloxacin: There are no significant side-effects or interactions to be expected with the scenario you describe. Cipro (ciprofloxacin) may increase the effects of caffeine if taken together, but alcohol should be benign. ...Read more

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What are the possible side effects of long term use of sudafed pe and rhinocort together with alcohol?

What are the possible side effects of long term use of sudafed pe and rhinocort together with alcohol?

Difficult to say: Sudafed and rhinocort are for chronic rhinitis which is a benign condition. Excessive alcohol use is always a major health concern. Limit your alcohol intake to no more than 7 drinks a week. None if you're pregnant. ...Read more

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Take 45 mg of buspirone daily. OK to drink alcohol on this medication? It does not say not to just that it may amplify side effects.

Don't drink alcohol: Talk to your doctor. In general, I don't recommend drinking any alcohol while taking this medication. Alcohol use can interfere with the therapeutic benefits of the Buspar (buspirone). Also, it places you at risk for over sedation or other side effects. ...Read more

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Going to be starting Lexapro (escitalopram) & noticed it says do not drink alcohol but I know 5 people on it that still drink alcohol with no bad side effects.

Going to be starting Lexapro (escitalopram) & noticed it says do not drink alcohol but I know 5 people on it that still drink alcohol with no bad side effects.

Mixing is dangerous: Lexapro combined with alcohol can suppress the respiratory center in the brain. The person will stop breathing and this will cause death. There is no scientifice data showing at what quantities of alcohol and at what dossage of Lexapro can cause this depression of respiratory center. The dose that can kill the people varies from person to person. Xanax (alprazolam) + alcohol can kill the person much faster. ...Read more

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What to do if I'm 19, I have been taking Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) for 3 years. 75mg. I took one about 2 hours ago. Is there any side effects while drinking alcohol?

What to do if I'm 19, I have been taking Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) for 3 years. 75mg. I took one about 2 hours ago. Is there any side effects while drinking alcohol?

Do not drink alcohol: Please do not drink alcohol if on any psychotropic medication such as vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine). The results are unpredictable, and I'm assuming you're on vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) to improve your focus and concentration. Alcohol will dull all that. ...Read more

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What side effects are commonly associated with drinking alcohol and clindamycin HCl 150 mg?

What side effects are commonly associated with drinking alcohol and clindamycin HCl 150 mg?

Depends: It depends on the amount of alcohol you drink. With just one glass, side effects are virtually nonexistant. ...Read more

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If after been on citalopram for a few months no side effects is it ok to drink alcohol again?

If after been on citalopram for a few months no side effects is it ok to drink alcohol again?

No, but: Technically no, but I usually recommend no more than 2 drinks at a time and no more than twice a week since I know that many of my patients will drink anyway. The main interaction is that the antidepressant may intensify effects of alcohol especially reaction time. Also alcohol can cause depression so may not be wort risk if you are doing well on celexa (citalopram) ...Read more

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Can I drink alcohol 50 hours after taking tinidazole 2g single dose? Likely to get side effects?

Can I drink alcohol 50 hours after taking tinidazole 2g single dose? Likely to get side effects?

Alcohol+Tinidazole: I would wait at least 72 hours, 84 hours would be better to be on the safe side after the last dose of Tinidazole before consuming alcohol or any product containing alcohol (cough medicines, mouthwash, etc) ...Read more

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I'm drinking whey protein after I work out. Can I still consume alcohol? Does it have any side effects?

I'm drinking whey protein after I work out. Can I still consume alcohol? Does it have any side effects?

I see no conflict: I see no conflict between protein shakes after workouts and alcohol consumption. But it's a matter of degree. How much alcohol we talking about? Because moderate alcohol intake is pretty safe. But excessive alcohol consumption definitely has side effects, including nutritional depletion. ...Read more

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What are the physical and mental side effects of alcohol and prozac (fluoxetine). Beer mixed with tequila and prozac (fluoxetine)?

What are the physical and mental side effects of alcohol and prozac (fluoxetine). Beer mixed with tequila and prozac (fluoxetine)?

Alcohol & Depression: Alcohol in any form -- including beer and tequila -- is a depressant. Combined with prozac, (fluoxetine) you could have much more sedation or intoxication than you expect. Especially when used in large quantities, alcohol disrupts your sleep cycle and neuronal tone. People usually take Prozac (fluoxetine) for depression or anxiety. Disrupting your sleep & neurons can worsen these conditions. ...Read more

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How many times a week can I have the alcohol free Red Bull energy drink, without facing any real side effects or increased blood sugar?

How many times a week can I have the alcohol free Red Bull energy drink, without facing any real side effects or increased blood sugar?

Caffeine & sugar: An 8 oz. Can of Red Bull energy drink has 27 grams of sugar and 80 mg of caffeine and traces of B vitamins. Diabetics should avoid. This liquid sugar load causes a spike and then crash in blood sugar. It's not healthy any day of the week. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of mixing cough medicine and alcohol? Especially if you use cough medicine to get high then drink to get drunk?

Misuse: Wow - this is a loaded one. Firstly - do not mess around with medication or chemicals to get a high - this is sick. Secondly - drinking to get drunk is a disease of addiction. Both practices are bad and means that treatment is needed. Never mix cough medicine with alcohol and never take one to get high and the other to get drunk. ...Read more

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I had several sips of kombucha, which has a little alcohol, but I'm supposed to take Metronidazole 500mg tonight. Will this give me bad side effects?

I had several sips of kombucha, which has a little alcohol, but I'm supposed to take Metronidazole 500mg tonight. Will this give me bad side effects?

How long between: When you took sips of alcohol and when you are scheduled to take Metronidazole? Given the fact that there is only a small percentage of alcohol in kombucha, and that alcohol is metabolized relatively quickly, there should not be a problem, especially if you are taking them several hours apart. ...Read more

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Hi There, I was just wondering if there are any serious side effects of taking only a few percocets while on pristiq 50mg, and also how dangerous drinking alcohol REALLY is on this anxiety medication. (I am not taking perc's while drinking alcohol though)

Hi There, I was just wondering if there are any serious side effects of taking only a few percocets while on pristiq 50mg, and also how dangerous drinking alcohol REALLY is on this anxiety medication. (I am not taking perc's while drinking alcohol though)

Suspicious: Not enough info. How many is "a few? " Should you be drinking alcohol which is a CNS depressant while taking an anti-depressant, Pristiq (desvenlafaxine)? Why are you taking an opioid which is also a CNS depressant? How close if not together re perc's and alcohol? Not enough info! ...Read more

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What are the side effects of consuming alcohol while taking herbal supplements like those in Advocare MNS Max 3?

What are the side effects of consuming alcohol while taking herbal supplements like those in Advocare MNS Max 3?

Interactions: Those interactions are probably unknown. You didn't say how much you drink, and too much isn't really good by itself, let alone, mixed with 'herbs.' Herbs are not regulated by the FDA to be safe or effective for any condition. In fact, I am pretty the label says that they are not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any condition. There will not be any scientific studies to prove they are safe. ...Read more

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Psychiatrist prescribed Xanax (alprazolam) @. 25mg 4x/day. Is this normal? I fear adverse side effects. Is alcohol ok in moderation? Thank you in advance.

Psychiatrist prescribed Xanax (alprazolam) @. 25mg 4x/day. Is this normal? I fear adverse side effects. Is alcohol ok in moderation? Thank you in advance.

Normal for what?: A psychiatrist might prescribe xanax (alprazolam) on a temporary basis for anxiety, after a comprehensive evaluation. What did s/he explain to you about the medication? Has talk therapy been suggested? No, alcohol is not okay in combination with xanax (alprazolam). I also see that you're on amphetamine, but no condition is listed for this. Discuss stopping those with your psychiatrist. You may not need xanax (alprazolam). ...Read more