There has been some controversy as to whether or not alcohol and prednisone are dangerous together. For many, whether or not they should consume alcohol while on a certain medication is an important question, and it’s important to have all the facts before taking any risks that could potentially be harmful.
Prednisone is a steroid drug similar to cortisone. It is usually used as an anti-inflammatory in treating disorders such as arthritis or asthma. It’s also effective to treat inflammatory conditions such as ulcerative and microscopic colitis, Crohn’s disease, and autoimmune hepatitis.
Some common side effects of prednisone are:
- weight gain
- rash, acne
- facial swelling.
Other side effects include:
- fatigue or weakness
- blurred vision
- abdominal pain
- painful hip or shoulders
- and depression.
These should be reported to your doctor.
Though there is no official interaction between alcohol and prednisone, most doctors will recommend avoiding alcohol while on prednisone because of the possible effects it can have on the body. This decision by doctors may depend on the specific details of the patient’s situation.
Since both prednisone and alcohol can cause gastrointestinal irritation, you may have an increased risk of gastrointestinal bleeding or stomach ulcers. Since these conditions can become quite serious, it’s better to avoid the risk by avoiding alcohol.
There are conditions that can cause problems if alcohol is consumed. Some of these conditions are treated with prednisone.
For example, people with ulcerative colitis, which can be treated with prednisone, may find that drinking alcohol can worsen their symptoms. In this case and others, alcohol should be avoided.
If you’re not sure alcohol and the medicine will interact in your situation, you should speak with your doctor before consuming alcohol. He or she will have a better idea of your specific situation and what restrictions will be necessary while on prednisone.
Prednisone, like other medications, comes with a list of possible side effects. By consuming alcohol while on prednisone, you run the risk of adding to these possible side effects or making your condition worse.
Though there is no official interaction between prednisone and alcohol, it’s recommended that you talk to your doctor about it or avoid alcohol to be safe.
It may be that, though there is no real need for you to worry, you and your doctor will need to address the risks associated with your condition to determine whether alcohol and prednisone can lead to problems for you.