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:
If you are taking any medicine, ask
your doctor or pharmacist whether you can safely drink alcohol.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerE. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal MedicineDonald Sproule, MDCM, CCFP - Family MedicineAdam Husney, MD - Family MedicineMartin J. Gabica, MD - Family MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerChristine R. Maldonado, PhD - Behavioral Health
Current as ofNovember 3, 2016
Current as of:
November 3, 2016
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
& Donald Sproule, MDCM, CCFP - Family Medicine & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine & Christine R. Maldonado, PhD - Behavioral Health
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