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Excedrin and Alcohol Interaction

Excedrin and Alcohol

Excedrin is a combination of drugs with the generic names acetaminophen, aspirin, caffeine with acetaminophen being the pain reliever and fever reducer, aspirin being a salicylates which work by reducing substances in the body that cause pain, fever and inflammation and caffeine which is a nervous system stimulant which relaxes muscle contractions in blood vessels to improve blood flow.

Excedrin is used to treat pain caused by tension headaches, migraine headaches, muscle aches, menstrual cramps, arthritis, toothaches, common cold or nasal congestion.

It is suggested that moderate alcohol consumption only if you do not have liver disease. If you have liver disease you should not drink alcohol.

At this time the medical community defines moderate consumption of alcohol as no more than two drinks per day and no more than 14 drinks per week. Anything more than that is considered an unhealthy dependency on alcohol that may have adverse social, family and health consequences.

If a person drinks only once or twice a week but drinks on the same days each week and more than two drinks this is considered as an alcohol dependency.

If a person binge drinks at any time during the week this is also considered as alcoholism.

Some consider alcoholism as a disease while others consider it an addiction which is the result of personal choice and character fault. This school of thought blames the alcoholism on life style choices.

Personally I consider alcoholism a genetic tendency as I have seen families of alcoholics even when they live far apart. These unfortunate people are probably dependent on alcohol from the first drink.

When alcohol interacts with prescription over the counter drugs it usually results in negative health effects most especially liver damage as the main organ affected.

Excedrine should not be administered to a child or teenager who has a fever especially if the child has flu symptoms or chicken pox.

Before using the drug it is suggested that you advise your physician if you are allergic to this or any other drug, a recent history of stomach or intestinal bleeding, liver disease, asthma, allergic to aspirin or any NSAID drug.

Side Effects

Less serious side effects are upset stomach, heartburn, feeling nervous or excited or sleep problems. If these occur call your physician for advice.

Serious side effects weak or faint, black, bloody tar like stools, coughing up granular blood, severe nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, redness or swelling, low fever with nausea, stomach pain, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay colored stools, jaundice, fever more than 3 days, pain longer than 10 days, hearing problems or hearing problems. If these occur get emergency medical help.

This site serves as an information source only and does not dispense medical advice or any other kind of advice. If you are seeking medical advice you are advised to consult your own physician.

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