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Efficacy of dilantin on alcohol consumption - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   I am on dilantin(4 100 mg. caps, daily) for the total of 2 seizures I've experienced since a stroke 7 years ago I'm wondering how serious the odds of having a problem are if i enjoy a couple of cold Beers at a cookout later today. i've read that alchohol can reduce the effectiveness of Dilantin
Doctor :   i am Dr XXX here
Doctor :   hello
Doctor :   may i know you age and gender please ?
User : I need to resend my question?
User :   yes, I am a 56 year old male
Doctor :   no i have read your question
User :   great!
Doctor :   well i am sorry to say that its not recommended for you to have dilantin along with alcohol
Doctor :   Combining alcohol and Dilantin can increase the chances and severity of several Dilantin side effects or may make the medication less effective
Doctor :   It is best to avoid alcohol while taking Dilantin.
User :   Yes, that's why I'm here. to get an idea of how serious'not recomended' meaNS WITH THIS MEDICATION IN THE QUANTITY I TAKE AND HAVING HAD ONLY THE 2 SEIZURES
Doctor :   if you do drink, it is important to do so consistently. Do not binge drink, and do not stop drinking suddenly without your healthcare provider's approval
User :   SORRY ACCIDENTAL CAPS LOCK, not shouting.
Doctor :   its ok
Doctor :   1-2 beers in a week is fine
Doctor :   BUT not more than that
User :   does consistently mean, every day? or just during the evening? because i don't drink every day or even other day
User :   okay... i was typing as your answer emerged, Thanks Much!
Doctor :   no problem
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