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.
Primary Medical Reviewer E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Peter Monti, PhD - Alcohol and Addiction
Current as ofFebruary 24, 2016
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