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Can I drink ALCOHOL with RESPIRATORY TRACT INFECTION?

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is it okay to drink alcohol with a upper respiratory tract infection?

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Category: HIV- AIDS Specialist
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Hello,
Thank you for your query at DoctorSpring.com
You can drink alcohol provided you're not on any kind of antibiotics. Antibiotics and alcohol may cause severe GI distress. But without alcohol it doesn't really affect lungs in any way.
Also make sure it is limited because it can induce coughing.
Feel free to discuss further,
Regards.


Patient replied :

I had a 30mg of prednisolone about 12 hours ago, will it still be okay?


Hello,
Though they have no direct interactions. but taking them together will render you more susceptible to infections, and can flare up the respiratory infection too, since they both suppress the immune system.
Also Prednisolone leads to temporary hyperglycemic state, and taking alcohol will only further prolong it.
I will advise you have limited drinks.not more than 1-2. In that case it should be fine.
Regards.


Dr. Jaydeep Tripathy
Category: HIV- AIDS Specialist
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MBBS from Sri Ramachandra University in December 2011
M.Med (Family Medicine) - TNMGR University, Chennai
MBA-MPH in Public Health in March 2016, SRM University
Finished AFIH in March 2016, SRM University
MRCP ( UK ), Internal Medicine, Royal College of Physicians, June 2016
Fellowship in Diabetology from Martin Luther University in January 2017

Currently Resident Physician, in MD Radiodiagnosis - Kamakshi Memorial Hospital, Chennai
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