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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:
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 MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerPeter Monti, PhD - Alcohol and Addiction
Current as ofFebruary 20, 2015
Current as of:
February 20, 2015
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Peter Monti, PhD - Alcohol and Addiction
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