Is It Safe to Mix Prednisone (Steroids) and Alcohol?

Learn more about the side effects and risks of mixing prednisone and other steroids with alcohol. Consult your doctor with safety concerns for your health.

The effects of mixing prednisone and other steroids and alcohol substances have been debated over time. Large amounts of steroids and alcohol may lead to gastrointestinal problems such as bleeding or ulcers. However, some steroids include alcohol in the mix to make them work effectively. If addiction is a concern, know that the larger the amounts taken, the higher the tolerance and the more dangerous it is. For more information about the dangers of steroid and alcohol use, contact us.

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Risks of Mixing Prednisone and Alcohol

Corticosteroids, such as prednisone, may be prescribed for a number of reasons. Prednisone is a strong anti-inflammatory medication that is normally produced naturally in the body. When the body is inflamed, the addition of this drug can help it return to normal. However, if someone is addicted to steroid and alcohol, it could cause damage in the end. Treatment for addiction to steroid and alcohol abuse is important, as both substances are harmful to the body when overused.

The importance of not drinking alcohol with steroids may be due to the underlying condition, more than due to the drug being taken. Steroids often treat endocrine disorders, which can react poorly to alcohol use. It is important to stay away from the use of steroids (or to be monitored while taking steroids) if you have some conditions, such as thyroid disorders, diabetes, osteoporosis, myasthenia gravis, tuberculosis, stomach ulcers, diverticulitis, congestive heart failure, high blood pressure, and others. It is not known if prednisone alone will cause damage to unborn children, but alcohol can. The combination may result in unknown consequences.

It is possible to develop a dependency on prednisone steroids and alcohol. Prednisone mimics a natural chemical in the body, so if it is stopped too quickly you may have withdrawal symptoms. Long-term use of steroids such as prednisone can result in many problems, such as the thinning of the skin, bruising easily, and having changes in the location of fat on the body. This is partially due to changes in hormonal levels during the drug’s use.

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Side Effects of Drinking on Prednisone and Other Steroids

Side effects can be serious when you’re on a steroid. Mixing alcohol with a large amount of steroids may increase this risk, although this is uncertain.

Serious side effects of mixing steroids and alcohol include:

  • pancreatitis
  • coughing up blood
  • swelling
  • rapid weight gain
  • eye pain
  • seeing halos
  • low potassium (which can cause an uneven heartbeat, muscular weakness, and other effects)
  • dangerously high blood pressure (which can be indicated by a severe headache, seizure, uneven heartbeat, chest pain, and other symptoms)

Less serious symptoms caused by steroid use include:

  • Iisomnia
  • mood changes
  • acne
  • slower healing
  • dizziness
  • changes in the shape or location of body fat

These side effects may be made worse with the use of alcohol, particularly in stomach-related symptoms. If you or someone you know experiences these symptoms related to steroid and alcohol use, contact a medical professional immediately for care.

Treatment Options

Treatment for steroid and alcohol dependency can be handled by a number of facilities, including clinics, hospitals, and private doctors’ offices. Detoxification is the first step, which is done by reducing the intake of steroids until the body is able to produce the hormone regularly on its own once again. Detoxification continues with the removal of alcohol from the body, as well as with the presence of a psychotherapist. The psychotherapist will help the patient overcome emotional issues related to the drug and alcohol use.

Call for Help

The effects of mixing steroid and alcohol use are not certain, so it is important to receive help if you or someone you love has become dependent on either substance. For more information, call us or fill out a short contact form.