This site speaks to Tagamet Alcohol interaction, generic name, Cimetidine and is also sold under the brand name Tagamet HB.
This drug is an Histamine H2 anatgonist prescribed for ulcers of the stomach and duodenum (upper intestine). It is also used to treat upset stomach, gastroesophageal reflux disease, benign stomach ulcer, bleeding in the stomach and duodenum, colorectal cacncer, prevention of stress ulcer, hyperparathyroidism, fungal infections of the hair and scalp, herpes virus infection, excessive hair in women, chronic itching, skin reactions, warts, acetaminophen overdose, and over production of gastric fluids.
No drinking not even moderate alcohol consumption, is advised while taking this drug.
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.
Before starting advise your physician of any allergies, if you have untreated or uncontrolled epilepsy, a bone marrow disorder, paralytic ileus, intestinal blockage, clozapine infection or immune suppression medication, heart disease, heart rhythm disorder, high blood pressure, history of heart attack or stroke, epilepsy, seizure, lung disease, liver disease, kidney disease, diabetes, bone marrow disorder, blood cell disorder, enlarged prostate, urinary problems, glaucoma or a history of smoking.
Do not use if allergic to this drug.
Do not use if pregnant or you intend to become pregnant.
Do not use if you have kidney or liver disease
Common Side Effects
Mild diarrhea, dizziness, rash, painful breast swelling, nausea and vomiting, headache, confusion, drowsiness, hallucinations and impotence.
Less Common Side Effects
Liver inflammation, peeling or red and swollen rash, breathing difficulties, tingling in hands or feet, delirium, oozing fluid from the nipples.
Rare Side Effects
Affects white blood cells or blood platelets, unusual bleeding or bruising, tired, weak, inflammation of the pancreas, reversible hair loss, abnormal heart rhythms, heart attack, reversible muscle or joint pains and reversible drug reactions.
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.