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    I've read a few things that it's not recommended that you drink while taking Plaquenil due to the increased chance of having renal failure. Other sites don't mention anything about it. I know this is an obvious question, but does anyone on Plaquenil drink? Has anybody heard anything else about this? Thanks.
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    I take 200mg plaquenil twice a day, and I drink, but I drink in moderation. I'll have two or three beers, or a couple of mixed drinks maybe once a week. I've asked my Dr. about this and he's OK with it, as long as it's in moderation. The thing I find many of us need to look out for is not plaquenil, but naproxen. I take naproxen sodium nsaid for inflammation, and it can give me an awful stomach ache that would be even worse If I drank too much alcohol. Just be careful.

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    My stomach condition makes drinking nearly impossible. But I am still a smoker, so which is worse, I don't know. I had quit smoking for a year when our plant got a superviser that specialized in bullying. Of course according to this boss I was just a slacker, hence I returned to smoking. Since, I have had a series of flares that left me too exhausted to do the activities that I prefer, hence the smoking has been harder to give up.

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    i have nephritis so i was also very worried about this. i asked my nephrologist about the drinking thing, and he said it's fine to have a few drinks here and there, just don't overdo it.

    he's an expert on renal problems, so i'm going to take his word for it
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    thanks guys. yeah i've been a little scared to, but i've only been on the plaquenil just over 3 weeks. i've pretty much designated myself the designated designated driver. i don't have a follow up with my rheumatologist for another to months so just needed some advice.
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    my nephrologist is ok with occassional drinking as well. However, i have found that one or two drinks is the max i can now stand. I find myself quickly tight, and have to quit before gets worse....my tolerance is much lower, but i don't know why.
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    phyllis, i've noticed this as well. my tolerance has gone way down recently. sometimes just 1 drink gives me a horrible headache and i just don't feel well.
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    I've had the same question. I'm a high school teacher, and a drink on Friday evening is essential to my mental health! I haven't had a problems with a weekend drink or so since I've been on Plaquenil. My question is this - what about Methotrexate?
    I'm supposed to start it as soon as I get off of antibiotics on May 15. I would still like to enjoy my weekend drinks. I'm also about to move to very near the wine country in California. I would REALLY hate to not be able to drink wine with a meal or cook with it.
    Anyone have any experience with this?
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    Quote Originally Posted by mountaindreamer View Post
    my nephrologist is ok with occassional drinking as well. However, i have found that one or two drinks is the max i can now stand. I find myself quickly tight, and have to quit before gets worse....my tolerance is much lower, but i don't know why.
    I used to have quite a tolerance for alcohol, but, like you guys, I'm a cheap drunk now too. Probably a combination of my age, health, as well as a decrease in my overall consumption of alcohol. I could close down the bar in my younger days, then put in a full days work without much more than a mild headache and a little fatigue. Today, I feel far worse than hungover most mornings, and I've not had a single drink. There's something fundamentally wrong with waking up with something worse than a hangover from hell, and you didn't even get to at least have the fun the night before. If Lupus was a company, I'd write a strongly worded letter of protest and complaint, and I'd ask for my money back.
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