Many prescription and
over-the-counter medicines interact with alcohol. For
example, drinking while taking a
diabetes medicine such as metformin (Glucophage) could
result in very low blood sugar levels. Drinking while taking medicine for
heartburn such as cimetidine (Tagamet) or ranitidine
(Zantac) could result in a fast heartbeat.
Common medicines that interact with alcohol include:
Acetaminophen (such as Tylenol).
Aspirin and other medicines to prevent
clotting of blood (anticoagulants).
Some medicines to treat
Medicines to treat diabetes
If you are taking any over-the-counter or prescription medicine, ask
your doctor or pharmacist whether you can safely drink alcohol.
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