Can I drink alcohol while taking all these antihistamines

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Hi . Looks like I’m stuck with this chronic complaint of spontaneous urticaria . So I’m on two anhistamines . Telfast 180 mg in morning and 5 mg  Xyzal at night . Just wondering is it ok to have a few beers / wine if I go out while on this medication  or do I have to give up drink now 😞😞

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    Hi Helen, I do, And I'm on a lot more Anti's than you, I get Angioedema as well as Urticaria, So my tongue swells up and I struggle to breath as my throat is restricted and Alcohol relaxes me, Although I'm talking spirits are ok, Wine is a no no though, It has something in it which can cause urticaria & angiedema to play up.

    All the best.

    Andy.

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      Thanks for reply Andy. I kinda figured that wine is having a bad effect on my urticaria so have cut that out in the past few weeks . I don’t drink spirits , what do you think about beer and what spirits do you think are best . I’m not a big drinker but like you it relaxes me and socially I would hate to give it up . Can I ask what your schedule is for taking anti histamines . Thanks 🙂

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      Hi Helen, Like Meemaw29 said, It's the Sulphites in wine that cause the problem, So that's out the window.

      My Doctor (believe it or not) Actually advised me to try a small scotch when I was having a bad time with it all, So I did and it does deffinatly help.

      I have had beer with no problems arising, But normally just scotch with Amaretto, It's great just before bed. (Brandy & Amaretto is great too)

      Remember though, All Alcohol will reduce the effectiveness of any medicine.

      Take care & keep well.

       

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    Hi Helen; if alcohol and antihistamines would kill you, then I would have died months ago!  LOL  I know that typically your doctor won't want you drinking alcohol with steroids, but mine never even told me not to do that.  I did give up my nightly glass of wine for a few weeks since sometimes the sulfites in wine can trigger a break out.  But, as long as I don't binge, I have never had a problem and I drink a glass of wine virtually every night.  Others may have a different opinion or recommendation, but for me that has not been an issue.  Some days dealing with Urticaria is round enough and a glass of wine can calm the nerves.....   

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      Thank you Meemaw29 . That’s reassuring . I’m still trying to come to terms with this condition. It’s tough going at times. 😩😩

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    Helen;  yes it is for all of us on this forum!  This forum has been such a help to me during times when I felt my worst and was broken out head to toe!  Use it for support any time.  There are plenty of very nice people who are more than happy to offer advice and support to you!  God bless! 
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    Hi, 

    Yes, it's ok. I'd probably get tested for Gluten, wheat, barley allergies. And also try and check if you are going to drink wine that you do not respond allergically or with hives to Salicylates, as most mass produced wines have very high salicylate content. That drives my Asthma wild, makes my tongue and throat swell.

    Just don't fall into the habit of using alcohol to sleep if the hives itching is causing insomnia. That's a vicious circle as alcohol triggers hives, messes with the immune system and also prevents good restful REM and non-REM sleep. You really do need good quality 7-8 hours sleep for your immune system to function healthily and repair itself. The stress caused by being tired or a bit hungover can also make the hives worse. So avoid drinking to the point of hangover.

    Also, from what I've read alcohol (ethanol) is sugar which is fuel for bad bacteria and other gut parasites and makes the gut more permeable so more of the nasty toxins can pass into your system, putting more pressure on your immune system.

    But some social drinking if it's fun, relaxes you, takes your mind off the hives and isn't excessive is probably good for you smile I find more than 2-3 pints of beer sets my hives off for a couple of days, especially if I go out at the weekend two days in a row when friends or family are visiting. So yes, I think it's ok, just look after yourself and take it easy!

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      Thanks Desmond. Great to get all this support . I agree with the importance of a good nights sleep . I can’t bear not getting a full nights sleep when I have flare ups . 
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    Hello All,

    I had a bad case of Chronic Urticaria with Angioedema a few years ago. Whilst I was tested for allergies at the time and, found not to have any, I am convinced it was anything with white flour that caused my symptoms. As soon as I had white bread I would flare up.

    I have a theory that it is either the bleach used to make white flour or the preservatives that are in processed bread that caused most of my problems. I now avoid white bread whenever I can and have not any symptoms for a few years.

    I hope this may be of help to anyone reading. All the best. 

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      I've also been avoiding bread, and gluten generally and my symptoms are 80% better than they were in the summer. Not tried re-introducing much bread though, because happy with how things are. Narrowband UVB could be the main reason, or not. Hard to tell yet....

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    I quit as they already make you drowsy and I dont think you are supposed to drink with all of these.. I dont drink much just a little wine and i stopped for now.. you should do an online search to see what places like web md etc say.. I am so sorry you are going thru this also.. so many ppl now are .. 
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