Many prescription and
over-the-counter medicines interact with alcohol. For
example, drinking while taking a
diabetes medicine such as insulin or insulin secretagogues (for example, sulfonylureas such as glipizide and glyburide) 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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