Drug Interaction with Alcohol - Frequently Asked Questions

Last Updated on Feb 03, 2017
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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Which doctor should I consult for alcohol-drug interaction?

A general physician (GP) must be consulted to understand the potential interaction of a medicament with alcohol.

Depending on the interaction symptoms, a medical specialist will need to be consulted to overcome the interaction.

If the person is addicted to alcohol, help of Medical Counselors could be required or joining a preventive support group should be considered.

2. Can you drink alcohol while taking anti-inflammatory drugs?

Alcohol can cause serious interactions with anti-inflammatory drugs. Hence, one must avoid drinking alcohol, when taking anti-inflammatory drugs. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like Ibuprofen, Naproxen, Indomethacin, and Diclofenac are known for the risk of ulcers, gastro-intestinal bleeding and heart attacks. Alcohol may intensify that risk by enhancing ability of these medications to damage the stomach mucosa.

3. What happens when one takes wine with antibiotics?

Wine, beer or lager drinks are rich in Tyramine, which interacts with antibiotic and raises blood pressure. Hence, one must avoid drinking these drinks when on antibiotic therapy.

4. Does one observe alcohol-drug interaction only when consumed concurrently?

Alcohol and drugs can interact adversely, even if they are not taken at the same time.

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