Is it ok to drink while taking prednisone and azathioprine?

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   Posted 8/29/2008 4:07 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey, I'm supposed to go out with my friends this weekend and I wanted to know the risks of drinking while taking prednisone and azathioprine. Is it ok to drink a little? a lot?

thanks for any advice

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   Posted 8/29/2008 5:45 AM (GMT -6)   
well im on both them and asacol, and last time i drunk, i drunk abit and got bad as headache i have never got b4, so if i was u i wud drink afew but not many, i just reached the correct dosage of aza afew weeks ago so im guessing it was that cuz i never had problems from it b4

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   Posted 8/29/2008 6:32 AM (GMT -6)   
Drinking while taking Aza is especially hard on the liver. You should avoid drinking but if you do have any, I would do so in moderation. What I do when I am out with friends is that I will order one drink, nurse it, drink a glass of water and maybe nurse another drink but I always drink lots of water.
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   Posted 8/29/2008 7:00 AM (GMT -6)   
Not sure about meds and alcohol, but I do know having more than a couple of drinks really upsets my UC!

Cheers, Belle

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   Posted 8/29/2008 8:05 AM (GMT -6)   
I do the same as Red - really nurse the drink and drink lots of water! All of our meds are hard on the liver - I don't want to make things worse for it. I also recommend QUALITY drinks over quantity of drinks. I will NOT order well drinks from a bar. I always make sure to specify that I want a very high grade alcohol of whatever I am ordering. Limit your alcoholic intake and just have a good time with your friends :)
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   Posted 8/29/2008 8:20 AM (GMT -6)   
I've taken to drinking sangria in social situations - it's mostly fruit juice yet still festive, and because the fruit juice has natural sugars it makes me feel full and I can drink it really slowly.

I totally agree on the taking it easy on the liver, as we're more prone to certain types of liver disease than others.
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   Posted 8/29/2008 10:35 AM (GMT -6)   
me personally I have had a few nights where I had quite a few stoli's and nothing unusual happend to me.

I drink less now than I used to, so maybe my body is thankful for that? Anyhow, now when I go out I typically have a few drinks once a week, I tend to feel it quicker though.

this is by no means a recommendation only my personal experience.
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