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    Medicines That Interact With Alcohol

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    Many medicines interact with alcohol. This includes both prescription medicines and ones you buy over the counter. For example, if you drink while you take a diabetes medicine such as insulin or sulfonylureas, such as glipizide and glyburide, it could cause very low blood sugar levels. If you drink while you take medicine for heartburn , such as cimetidine (Tagamet) or ranitidine (Zantac), it could cause a fast heartbeat.

    Common medicines that interact with alcohol include:

    • Acetaminophen (such as Tylenol).
    • Antibiotics.
    • Antihistamines.
    • Tranquilizers.
    • Aspirin and other medicines to prevent clotting of blood. (These are called anticoagulants.)
    • Some medicines to treat depression.
    • Medicines to treat diabetes.

    If you are taking any medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist whether you can safely drink alcohol.

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    ByHealthwise Staff
    Primary Medical Reviewer E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
    Specialist Medical Reviewer Peter Monti, PhD - Alcohol and Addiction

    Current as ofFebruary 20, 2015

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