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Why Alcohol Is Bad For Hypoglycemia
Alcohol can cause: Hypoglycemia if you drink and don't eat for a prolonged period of time. Otherwise, no one, except those on diabetes meds, has hypoglycemia -- unless you have end stage cancer, liver or kidney disease, etc. If you drink too much chronically you can poison your liver's ability to make glucose. If overweight, you may think your body's return to normal glucose is hypoglycemia, but it's not. ...Read more
It's best to avoid combining antidepressants and alcohol: It may worsen your symptoms, and in some cases it can be dangerous. If you mix antidepressants and alcohol: You may feel more depressed or anxious. , Side effects may be worse if you also take another medication. , You may be at risk of a dangerous reaction if you take MAOIs. , Your thinking and alertness may be impaired. , You may become sedated or feel drowsy. . Don't stop taking an antidepressant or other medication just so that you can drink. Most antidepressants require taking a consistent, daily dose to maintain a constant level in your system and work as intended. Stopping and starting your medications can make your depression worse. While it's generally best not to drink at all if you're depressed, ask your doctor. If you have depression: You may be at risk of alcohol abuse. , You may have trouble sleeping. . If you're concerned about your alcohol use, you may benefit from substance abuse counseling and treatment programs that can help you overcome your misuse of alcohol. Joining a support group or a 12-step program such as Alcoholics Anonymous may help. If you're at low risk of addiction to alcohol, it may be OK to have an occasional drink, depending on your particular situation. Tell your doctor about any other health conditions you might have and any other medications you take, such as herbal or other supplements. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Many reasons: Caffeine is a stimulant. If a child needs a stimulant, they probably have other underlying health issues. It is also a diuretic, which causes them to urinate more. Most children don't drink enough fluid as is. They don't need more fluid loss and potential electrolyte disturbances. Caffeine is addictive. Children need more sleep, not more addictions. Kiddos should avoid caffeine. ...Read more
Are alcohol and coffee really so bad for panic disorder? Isn't alcohol something that would decrease panic?
Not so good: Caffeine alongside b vitamins (in energy drinks) have stimulating effects and can worsen anxiety and panic disorder. Part of treatment involves lowering caffeine intake. Alcohol can temporarily lower anxiety only briefly, but once out of your system, anxiety worsens and panic attacks can be worse. On average, alcohol worsens panic disorder. Moreover, excessive alcohol can lead to addiction. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Wide awake drunk: Consuming alcohol mixed w/energy drinks can lead to state of being "wide awake drunk". That's because being wide awake from caffeine allows you to drink more alcohol than you would if you fell asleep drunk. Check out http://goo.Gl/5ul4 & http://goo.Gl/jsbmt9 as well as my 2/11 post http://alvinblin.Blogspot.Com/2011/02/energy-drinks-chug-sip-or-avoid.Html. ...Read more
Why is caffeine not recommended for people with IBS? Why does it cause pain? I drink about 120mg/day.
Trigger: Caffeine is a stimulant that also stimulates your bowel. Caffeine is considered a trigger that you should avoid to avoid symptoms of IBS. That being said, you may not want to give up caffeine in your life, but beware of the potential to cause flares due to caffeine a stimulant properties. http://tinyurl.com/zwjed9s ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Why does consumption of stimulants stop my tremors? Same with alcohol, why does it stop tremors? Is this abnormal?
Familial Tremor?: An essential or familial tremor occurs when you are trying to do something. It tends to improve with relaxation and alcohol use. I am not sure why stimulants would improve it, but the association with alcohol is well documented/reported. Typically, most tremors are worsened with stimulant use. There are better treatment options than alcohol, of course, such as beta blockers--which can help. ...Read more
Topical, right?: I am assuming you mean topically during massage. Rubbing alocohol can do a couple of things to help get a massage deeper into muscles or relax them. First, the temper change and sensation on nerve endings in your skin can help muscles relax. Second, the alcohol acts as a varying lubricant on your skin that changes through out the massage that allows different pressure. Hope this helps! ...Read more
Avoid too much.: Cholesterol is not 'bad', all our cells contain and require cholesterol to keep membranes healthy in our bodies. It's over-consumption of cholesterol which gets us into trouble. The extra cholesterol lodges in arteries, eventually causing narrowing which can lead to blood clots (heart attacks, strokes). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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