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Can you drink alcohol while taking methylprednisolone tablets?

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suzanne66 13 Feb 2017

Methylprednisolone is a corticosteroid, is similar to a natural hormone produced by your adrenal glands. It is often used to replace this chemical when your body does not make enough of it. It relieves inflammation and is used to treat certain forms of arthritis; skin, blood, kidney, eye, thyroid, and intestinal disorders; severe allergies and asthma. Methylprednisolone is also used to treat certain types of cancer.

It may be quite okay to drink the occasional glass of alcohol while taking methylprednisolone especially if your dose is low and you’re not taking it for long-term treatment of a chronic condition such as arthritis or adrenal insufficiency.

Methylprednisolone suppresses the immune system which makes it useful to treat symptoms of certain autoimmune disorders like multiple sclerosis, Crohn’s disease, and rheumatoid arthritis.

Alcohol also suppresses the immune system so it would be a good idea to avoid alcohol as much as possible if being treated for an autoimmune disease as the combination could be problematic if you were to develop an infection.

Alcohol and methylprednisolone can each irritate the digestive tract and cause peptic ulcers. Combining the two may be problematic if you are prone to indigestion or stomach upset.

Always check with your doctor if it safe to drink alcohol as though know your medical history.

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