Can Alcohol and Zantac Kill You?
When you’re taking any medication, there is a potential risk that can come from mixing it with other substances, including alcohol. What seems like a casual drink can be something riskier if you’re unaware of possible interactions and side effects, which is why it’s important to research any medication before you take it, and also to speak with your physician or pharmacist about your habits and health history.
One medicine that people often take is Zantac, and they wonder if they can combine alcohol and Zantac. They also wonder, can alcohol and Zantac kill you?
Below is some general information about Zantac and also specifically about alcohol and Zantac.
With an H-2 blocker, the activity of histamine on cells is reduced, and this can help lower how much acid is made by the stomach. Some people need this to prevent damage to the stomach and esophagus because of excess acid. Excess stomach acid can also lead to ulcers and inflammation issues.
Sometimes Zantac can be used to treat upper gastrointestinal bleeding, GERD, and really any condition where there’s too much acid being produced, as well as damage caused by the use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.
Some of the possible side effects of Zantac can include diarrhea, fatigue, constipation, headache, sleep problems, muscle pain, and nausea. Rare side effects can include agitation, anemia, depression, confusion, hallucinations, hair loss, changes in vision or irregular heartbeat. Zantac can also increase the risk of developing pneumonia so if you develop any symptoms such as chest pain or fever you should contact your doctor.
Unless your doctor tells you otherwise, you shouldn’t take Zantac for more than two weeks, but always follow the instructions of your doctor first and foremost.
You should let your doctor know if you’re taking any other medicine, vitamin or supplement, but in particular blood thinners or the medicine Halcion.
So, what about alcohol and Zantac? Can alcohol and Zantac kill you?
There are quite a few reasons that you shouldn’t mix alcohol and Zantac, although it might not kill you.
First and foremost, when you take alcohol and Zantac together, it can increase your blood alcohol level by quite a lot, and cause a lot more impairment than you might experience without Zantac. One study showed that the combination of alcohol and Zantac increased blood alcohol content by 38%. Even with moderate drinking when you combine alcohol and Zantac there is the potential for significant impairment.
The reason for this is thought to be because Zantac changes how your body processes and absorbs alcohol.
If you were to have even one drink, it could lead to a high level of intoxication, and it can also change how effective the drug is.
The idea that alcohol and Zantac can kill you may be somewhat exaggerated, but it’s not entirely untrue. If you’re combining alcohol and Zantac, it’s much more likely that you will become so intoxicated that it could lead to alcohol poisoning or it could lead you to put yourself in a risky situation.
Other symptoms of combining alcohol and Zantac could include liver damage and damage to the lining of the stomach.
Plus, alcohol irritates the gastrointestinal system in general, and that can make it seem as if Zantac isn’t working when in reality drinking is making it tougher to treat your symptoms.
If you are taking Zantac and you want to know about the effects of it combined with alcohol, it’s always best to speak with your physician. Moderate drinking may be okay with caution, but the go-ahead should only be issued by your doctor.
While alcohol and Zantac aren’t necessarily going to kill you right away, it is wise to use caution with the two. Your blood alcohol level can be significantly higher when you combine alcohol and Zantac than it would be ordinarily. In addition to being more intoxicated, with alcohol and Zantac the medicine may become less effective.
Ultimately your doctor is the person who should give you instructions when it comes to alcohol and Zantac.
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