Beer + effectiveness of a course of methylprednisolone
January 25, 2014 2:03 PM   Subscribe

Will having a beer (or maybe two) affect the efficacy of a course of methylprednisolone? There were no alcohol warnings on the pharmacy packaging, but of course the Internet says not to combine them, as it says for everything. Thanks! If it matters, this is day 4 of the course.
posted by fiercecupcake to Health & Fitness (4 answers total)
Did you call the pharmacy for their advice?
posted by cooker girl at 2:32 PM on January 25, 2014

Hit send too early: I've been on that medication and haven't noticed any ill effects when I have a drink while on it. I am not a doctor or pharmacist; I would recommend you call one or the other.
posted by cooker girl at 2:34 PM on January 25, 2014

Best answer: Did not affect the efficacy in my case, or at any rate good levels of efficacy were retained.
posted by Segundus at 2:41 PM on January 25, 2014

Best answer: MedlinePlus's information for the drug is pretty specific for how (and who) this could be bad for:

-if you have a history of ulcers or take large doses of aspirin or other arthritis medication, limit your consumption of alcoholic beverages while taking this drug. Methylprednisolone makes your stomach and intestines more susceptible to the irritating effects of alcohol, aspirin, and certain arthritis medications. This effect increases your risk of ulcers.
posted by Margalo Epps at 5:30 PM on January 25, 2014

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