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Common Alcohol Side Effects


The most commonly reported Alcohol side effects (click to view or check a box to report):

Product Quality Issue (36)
Suicide Attempt (26)
Intentional Overdose (26)
Vomiting (22)
Toxicity To Various Agents (22)
Road Traffic Accident (22)
Overdose (20)
Coma (17)
Fall (17)
Somnolence (16)
Alcohol Poisoning (16)
Amnesia (16)
Nausea (14)
Diarrhoea (13)
Loss Of Consciousness (13)
Pain (13)
Somnambulism (13)
Completed Suicide (11)
Substance Abuse (11)
Malaise (11)

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If you or someone in your family has experienced a serious side effect to a health product, you are encouraged to report the experience to your health care professional (e.g. physician, pharmacist). You could also complete a copy of the side effect reporting form or report your side effect to FDA.

Alcohol Side Effects Reported to FDA



Alcohol Side Effect Report#9914987
Toxicity To Various Agents
This is a report of a 27-year-old male patient (weight: NA) from FR, suffering from the following health symptoms/conditions: NA, who was treated with Alcohol (dosage: NA, start time: NS), combined with:
  • Flunitrazepam
  • Cocaine
  • Morphine
  • Diacetylmorphine
  • Clorazepate Dipotassium
  • Valium
  • Cannabis
  • Nordazepam
and developed a serious reaction and side effect(s): Toxicity To Various Agents after the beginning of treatment. This case can indicate the possible existence of increased vulnerability to Alcohol treatment in male patients, resulting in Toxicity To Various Agents side effect.
Alcohol Side Effect Report#9772384
Hypersensitivity, Dyspnoea, Throat Tightness, Glossitis
This report suggests a potential Alcohol Hypersensitivity side effect(s) that can have serious consequences. A 25-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from US was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: skin papilloma,urinary tract disorder and used Alcohol (dosage: 1 Drop In 6 Ozs Water) starting NS. After starting Alcohol the patient began experiencing various side effects, including: Hypersensitivity, Dyspnoea, Throat Tightness, GlossitisAdditional drugs used concurrently: NA. Although Alcohol demonstrated significant improvements in a number of clinically relevant cases, troublesome symptoms, such as Hypersensitivity, may still occur.
Alcohol Side Effect Report#9223264
Product Quality Issue, Product Contamination
This Product Quality Issue problem was reported by a consumer or non-health professional from US. A 68-year-old male patient (weight: NA) was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: NA. On 201303 this consumer started treatment with Alcohol (dosage: Individual Swab Once Eveyr 2-3 Days, Topical). The following drugs were being taken at the same time: NA. When using Alcohol, the patient experienced the following unwanted symptoms/side effects: Product Quality Issue, Product ContaminationAlthough all drugs are carefully tested before they are licensed for use, they carry side effect risks. Some side effects, such as Product Quality Issue, may become evident only after a product is in use by the general population.
Alcohol Side Effect Report#9216535
Occupational Asthma
This Occupational Asthma side effect was reported by a consumer or non-health professional from GB. A 43-year-old female patient (weight:NA) experienced the following symptoms/conditions: NA.The patient was prescribed Alcohol\chlorhexidine Gluconate (drug dosage: NA), which was initiated on NS. Concurrently used drugs: NA..After starting to take Alcohol\chlorhexidine Gluconate the consumer reported adverse symptoms, such as: Occupational AsthmaThese side effects may potentially be related to Alcohol\chlorhexidine Gluconate.
Alcohol Side Effect Report#9189406
Anaphylactic Shock, Local Swelling, Blister
This is a report of a 25-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from US, suffering from the following health symptoms/conditions: NA, who was treated with Alcohol (dosage: NA, start time:
Feb 18, 2013), combined with: NA. and developed a serious reaction and side effect(s): Anaphylactic Shock, Local Swelling, Blister after the beginning of treatment. This case can indicate the possible existence of increased vulnerability to Alcohol treatment in female patients, resulting in Anaphylactic Shock side effect. The patient was hospitalized.
Alcohol Side Effect Report#8456240-8
Overdose, Coma, Delirium
This report suggests a potential Alcohol Overdose side effect(s) that can have serious consequences. A 35-year-old male patient (weight: NA) from Australia was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: NA and used Alcohol (dosage: Unk) starting NS. After starting Alcohol the patient began experiencing various side effects, including: Overdose, Coma, DeliriumAdditional drugs used concurrently:
  • Baclofen (2500 Mg, Single)
The patient was hospitalized. Although Alcohol demonstrated significant improvements in a number of clinically relevant cases, troublesome symptoms, such as Overdose, may still occur.
Alcohol Side Effect Report#8456051-3
Bradycardia, Delirium, Coma, Hypertension, Overdose
This Bradycardia problem was reported by a health professional from Australia. A 33-year-old male patient (weight: NA) was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: NA. On NS this consumer started treatment with Alcohol (dosage: Unk). The following drugs were being taken at the same time:
  • Baclofen (375 Mg, Single)
When using Alcohol, the patient experienced the following unwanted symptoms/side effects: Bradycardia, Delirium, Coma, Hypertension, OverdoseThe patient was hospitalized.Although all drugs are carefully tested before they are licensed for use, they carry side effect risks. Some side effects, such as Bradycardia, may become evident only after a product is in use by the general population.
Alcohol Side Effect Report#8455997-X
Coma, Hypertension, Tachycardia, Overdose
This Coma side effect was reported by a health professional from Australia. A 33-year-old male patient (weight:NA) experienced the following symptoms/conditions: NA.The patient was prescribed Alcohol (drug dosage: Unk), which was initiated on NS. Concurrently used drugs:
  • Baclofen (375 Mg, Single)
.After starting to take Alcohol the consumer reported adverse symptoms, such as: Coma, Hypertension, Tachycardia, OverdoseThese side effects may potentially be related to Alcohol. The patient was hospitalized.
Alcohol Side Effect Report#8443665-X
Self Injurious Behaviour, Sluggishness, Sopor
This is a report of a 29-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from Italy, suffering from the following health symptoms/conditions: NA, who was treated with Alcohol (dosage: NA, start time:
Jun 08, 2012), combined with:
  • Risperdal
and developed a serious reaction and side effect(s): Self Injurious Behaviour, Sluggishness, Sopor after the beginning of treatment. This case can indicate the possible existence of increased vulnerability to Alcohol treatment in female patients, resulting in Self Injurious Behaviour side effect.
Alcohol Side Effect Report#8401843-X
Intentional Overdose
This report suggests a potential Alcohol Intentional Overdose side effect(s) that can have serious consequences. A 53-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from Japan was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: NA and used Alcohol (dosage: NA) starting
Jan 08, 2012. After starting Alcohol the patient began experiencing various side effects, including: Intentional OverdoseAdditional drugs used concurrently:
  • Risperdal (82 Tablets Of 1 Mg Tablet)
Although Alcohol demonstrated significant improvements in a number of clinically relevant cases, troublesome symptoms, such as Intentional Overdose, may still occur.
Alcohol Side Effect Report#8400220-5
Unresponsive To Stimuli, Accidental Overdose, Toxicity To Various Agents, Pulmonary Oedema, Alcohol Poisoning, Pulmonary Congestion
This Unresponsive To Stimuli problem was reported by a health professional from United States. A 35-year-old male patient (weight: NA) was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: NA. On NS this consumer started treatment with Alcohol (ethanol) (dosage: NA). The following drugs were being taken at the same time:
  • Opana (Oral)
When using Alcohol (ethanol), the patient experienced the following unwanted symptoms/side effects: Unresponsive To Stimuli, Accidental Overdose, Toxicity To Various Agents, Pulmonary Oedema, Alcohol Poisoning, Pulmonary CongestionAlthough all drugs are carefully tested before they are licensed for use, they carry side effect risks. Some side effects, such as Unresponsive To Stimuli, may become evident only after a product is in use by the general population.
Alcohol Side Effect Report#8387360-4
Suicidal Ideation, Weight Decreased, Pain Of Skin, Headache, Injection Site Mass, Viral Infection, Abdominal Pain Upper, Nasopharyngitis
This Death side effect was reported by a consumer or non-health professional from United States. A male patient (weight:NA) experienced the following symptoms/conditions: NA.The patient was prescribed Alcohol (drug dosage: NA), which was initiated on NS. Concurrently used drugs:
  • Ribavirin
  • Abilify
  • Pegasys
  • Cymbalta
.After starting to take Alcohol the consumer reported adverse symptoms, such as: Suicidal Ideation, Weight Decreased, Pain Of Skin, Headache, Injection Site Mass, Viral Infection, Abdominal Pain Upper, NasopharyngitisThese side effects may potentially be related to Alcohol. The patient was hospitalized.
Alcohol Side Effect Report#8377648-5
Hepatic Enzyme Increased
This is a report of a male patient (weight: NA) from United States, suffering from the following health symptoms/conditions: NA, who was treated with Alcohol (dosage: NA, start time:
May 20, 2009), combined with:
  • Medrol
  • Trazodone Hcl
  • Medrol
  • Protonix
  • Simponi
  • Simponi
  • Celexa
  • Lortab (7.5/500)
and developed a serious reaction and side effect(s): Hepatic Enzyme Increased after the beginning of treatment. This case can indicate the possible existence of increased vulnerability to Alcohol treatment in male patients, resulting in Hepatic Enzyme Increased side effect.
Alcohol Side Effect Report#8358249-1
Somnolence, Coma, Acidosis, Respiratory Failure
This report suggests a potential Alcohol Somnolence side effect(s) that can have serious consequences. A male patient (weight: NA) from Germany was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: NA and used Alcohol (dosage: NA) starting NS. After starting Alcohol the patient began experiencing various side effects, including: Somnolence, Coma, Acidosis, Respiratory FailureAdditional drugs used concurrently:
  • Zyban
The patient was hospitalized. Although Alcohol demonstrated significant improvements in a number of clinically relevant cases, troublesome symptoms, such as Somnolence, may still occur.
Alcohol Side Effect Report#8349307-6
Overdose, Suicide Attempt
This Overdose problem was reported by a health professional from United States. A 46-year-old male patient (weight: NA) was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: NA. On NS this consumer started treatment with Alcohol (dosage: NA). The following drugs were being taken at the same time:
  • Barbiturates
  • Seroquel Xr
  • Paxil
When using Alcohol, the patient experienced the following unwanted symptoms/side effects: Overdose, Suicide AttemptThe patient was hospitalized.Although all drugs are carefully tested before they are licensed for use, they carry side effect risks. Some side effects, such as Overdose, may become evident only after a product is in use by the general population.
Alcohol Side Effect Report#8346963-3
Overdose
This Overdose side effect was reported by a consumer or non-health professional from United States. A 46-year-old male patient (weight:NA) experienced the following symptoms/conditions: NA.The patient was prescribed Alcohol (drug dosage: NA), which was initiated on NS. Concurrently used drugs:
  • Barbiturates
  • Paxil
  • Seroquel Xr
.After starting to take Alcohol the consumer reported adverse symptoms, such as: OverdoseThese side effects may potentially be related to Alcohol. The patient was hospitalized.
Alcohol Side Effect Report#8308091-2
Hypersensitivity, Liver Injury, Hepatocellular Injury, Eosinophilia
This is a report of a 25-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from Spain, suffering from the following health symptoms/conditions: NA, who was treated with Alcohol (dosage: 24 G, Daily, start time: NS), combined with:
  • Acetaminophen (3250 Mg, Daily)
  • Bisacodyl
  • Metoclopramide
and developed a serious reaction and side effect(s): Hypersensitivity, Liver Injury, Hepatocellular Injury, Eosinophilia after the beginning of treatment. This case can indicate the possible existence of increased vulnerability to Alcohol treatment in female patients, resulting in Hypersensitivity side effect.
Alcohol Side Effect Report#8300346-0
Coma, Cytolytic Hepatitis, Cerebral Ischaemia, Suicide Attempt, Hyperkalaemia, Metabolic Acidosis
This report suggests a potential Alcohol Coma side effect(s) that can have serious consequences. A 25-year-old male patient (weight: NA) from France was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: NA and used Alcohol (dosage: Unk) starting
Mar 07, 2012. After starting Alcohol the patient began experiencing various side effects, including: Coma, Cytolytic Hepatitis, Cerebral Ischaemia, Suicide Attempt, Hyperkalaemia, Metabolic AcidosisAdditional drugs used concurrently:
  • Lyrica (Daily Intake-single Dose)
  • Acetaminophen (Daily Dose-single Intake)
  • Clonazepam (Daily Dose-single Intake)
  • Atarax (Daily Dose-single Intake)
The patient was hospitalized. Although Alcohol demonstrated significant improvements in a number of clinically relevant cases, troublesome symptoms, such as Coma, may still occur.
Alcohol Side Effect Report#8295031-8
Road Traffic Accident, Imprisonment, Incoherent, Automatism, Alcohol Use, Somnambulism, Amnesia
This Road Traffic Accident problem was reported by a physician from United States. A 34-year-old female patient (weight: NA) was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: NA. On NS this consumer started treatment with Alcohol (dosage: 10 Mg, Hs). The following drugs were being taken at the same time:
  • Zolpidem Tartrate (10 Mg, Hs)
When using Alcohol, the patient experienced the following unwanted symptoms/side effects: Road Traffic Accident, Imprisonment, Incoherent, Automatism, Alcohol Use, Somnambulism, AmnesiaAlthough all drugs are carefully tested before they are licensed for use, they carry side effect risks. Some side effects, such as Road Traffic Accident, may become evident only after a product is in use by the general population.
Alcohol Side Effect Report#8271128-3
Withdrawal Syndrome, Delusion, Suicide Attempt, Intentional Overdose, Aggression
This Withdrawal Syndrome side effect was reported by a physician from France. A 65-year-old female patient (weight:NA) experienced the following symptoms/conditions: NA.The patient was prescribed Alcohol (drug dosage: Unk), which was initiated on NS. Concurrently used drugs:
  • Lyrica (500-600 Mg Daily)
.After starting to take Alcohol the consumer reported adverse symptoms, such as: Withdrawal Syndrome, Delusion, Suicide Attempt, Intentional Overdose, AggressionThese side effects may potentially be related to Alcohol. The patient was hospitalized.
Alcohol Side Effect Report#8261931-8
Suicide Attempt, Toxicity To Various Agents, Nervous System Disorder
This is a report of a 28-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from Swaziland, suffering from the following health symptoms/conditions: NA, who was treated with Alcohol (ethanol) (dosage: NA, start time:
Jun 09, 2011), combined with:
  • Remeron (30 Mg; Once; Po)
  • Gamma Hydroxy Butarate (gamma-hydroxybutarate)
and developed a serious reaction and side effect(s): Suicide Attempt, Toxicity To Various Agents, Nervous System Disorder after the beginning of treatment. This case can indicate the possible existence of increased vulnerability to Alcohol (ethanol) treatment in female patients, resulting in Suicide Attempt side effect. The patient was hospitalized.
Alcohol Side Effect Report#8256039-1
Self Injurious Behaviour
This report suggests a potential Alcohol Self Injurious Behaviour side effect(s) that can have serious consequences. A 32-year-old female patient (weight: NA) from Italy was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: self injurious behaviour and used Alcohol (dosage: NA) starting
Mar 27, 2012. After starting Alcohol the patient began experiencing various side effects, including: Self Injurious BehaviourAdditional drugs used concurrently:
  • Risperdal
  • Acetaminophen
  • Zoloft
  • Risperdal
Although Alcohol demonstrated significant improvements in a number of clinically relevant cases, troublesome symptoms, such as Self Injurious Behaviour, may still occur.
Alcohol Side Effect Report#8238809-9
Road Traffic Accident, Head Injury, Spinal Fracture, Rib Fracture, Skull Fracture, Sternal Fracture, Chest Injury, Contusion, Subdural Haemorrhage
This Road Traffic Accident problem was reported by a health professional from United States. A 49-year-old male patient (weight: NA) was diagnosed with the following symptoms/conditions: NA. On NS this consumer started treatment with Alcohol (ethanol) (dosage: NA). The following drugs were being taken at the same time:
  • Oxycodone Hcl
  • Soma
  • Temazepam
When using Alcohol (ethanol), the patient experienced the following unwanted symptoms/side effects: Road Traffic Accident, Head Injury, Spinal Fracture, Rib Fracture, Skull Fracture, Sternal Fracture, Chest Injury, Contusion, Subdural HaemorrhageAlthough all drugs are carefully tested before they are licensed for use, they carry side effect risks. Some side effects, such as Road Traffic Accident, may become evident only after a product is in use by the general population.
Alcohol Side Effect Report#8238752-5
Blood Alcohol Increased, Contusion, Eyelid Oedema, Road Traffic Accident, Skull Fracture, Basal Ganglia Haemorrhage, Arteriosclerosis, Aspiration, Excoriation
This Blood Alcohol Increased side effect was reported by a health professional from United States. A 49-year-old male patient (weight:NA) experienced the following symptoms/conditions: NA.The patient was prescribed Alcohol (drug dosage: NA), which was initiated on NS. Concurrently used drugs:
  • Oxycodone Hcl
  • Soma
  • Meprobamate
  • Tenazepam Capsules, 30 Mg (purepac)
.After starting to take Alcohol the consumer reported adverse symptoms, such as: Blood Alcohol Increased, Contusion, Eyelid Oedema, Road Traffic Accident, Skull Fracture, Basal Ganglia Haemorrhage, Arteriosclerosis, Aspiration, ExcoriationThese side effects may potentially be related to Alcohol.
Alcohol Side Effect Report#8238277-7
Suicidal Ideation, Vomiting, Weight Decreased, Injection Site Ulcer, Back Pain, Pain Of Skin, Myalgia, Ill-defined Disorder, Fractured Coccyx
This is a report of a male patient (weight: NA) from United States, suffering from the following health symptoms/conditions: NA, who was treated with Alcohol (dosage: NA, start time: NS), combined with:
  • Pegasys
  • Ribavirin
  • Abilify
  • Cymbalta
and developed a serious reaction and side effect(s): Suicidal Ideation, Vomiting, Weight Decreased, Injection Site Ulcer, Back Pain, Pain Of Skin, Myalgia, Ill-defined Disorder, Fractured Coccyx after the beginning of treatment. This case can indicate the possible existence of increased vulnerability to Alcohol treatment in male patients, resulting in Suicidal Ideation side effect. The patient was hospitalized.


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The appearance of Alcohol on this list does not mean that FDA has concluded that the drug has the listed risk. It means that FDA has identified a potential safety issue, but it does not mean that FDA has found a causal relationship between the drug and the listed risk.


What are common Alcohol Side Effects for Men?

Men Side EffectsReports
Road Traffic Accident 19
Product Quality Issue 17
Fall 15
Amnesia 12
Intentional Overdose 12
Overdose 12
Suicide Attempt 12
Coma 11
Vomiting 11
Nausea 10

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Why Your Notes are Important

Your notes could be helpful in several ways:

  • You can use them to remind you of details that may alert your health care professional(s) to a problem
  • You will have a record to refer to in the future, in case you are ever prescribed the same medicine again

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    You can use the following log form to write down important information, like the date and time you experienced a side effect and your symptoms, how strong the symptoms were, and any other medicines you were using.

    Medicine Name and Dosage:
    Side Effects Scale Date & Time Other Medicine(s) or Treatment(s)
    Scale: 1 = very mild to 10 = very bad

    Side effects reports are analyzed to discover potential health product safety signals. Some important reactions may take an extremely long time to develop or occur infrequently. Continued monitoring of adverse reactions is thus essential to maintain a comprehensive safety and effectiveness profile of health products.

    You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

    Alcohol reports list potential signals of serious risks and new safety information that were identified using the FDA Adverse Event Reporting System (FAERS).
    FAERS is a database that contains information on adverse event and medication errors reports submitted to FDA by healthcare professionals (such as physicians, pharmacists, nurses and others), consumers (such as patients, family members, layers and others) and manufacturers.

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    Alcohol Safety Alerts, Active Ingredients, Usage Information

    NDC0219-0203
    TypeHUMAN OTC DRUG
    Proprietary NameHumphreys Bendito Alcoholado
    Namementhol
    Dosage FormLIQUID
    RouteTOPICAL
    On market since19720111
    LabelerHumphreys Pharmacal, Incorporated
    Active Ingredient(s)MENTHOL
    Strength(s)12.5
    Unit(s)mg/mL
    Pharma Class

    More About Alcohol

    Side Effects reported to FDA: 325

    Alcohol safety alerts: 2013 2012 2011 2008 2005

    Reported deaths: 47

    Reported hospitalizations: 77

    Xyrem (sodium oxybate): Drug Safety Communication - Warning Against Use With Alcohol or Drugs Causing Respiratory Depression

     

    [Posted 12/17/2012]

    AUDIENCE: Neurology, Internal Medicine, Patient

    ISSUE: FDA reminded healthcare professionals and patients that the combined use of Xyrem (sodium oxybate) with alcohol or central nervous system (CNS) depressant drugs can markedly impair consciousness and may lead to severe breathing problems (respiratory depression). The use of alcohol with Xyrem is a new contraindication added to the Xyrem label, which already contraindicates its use with insomnia drugs. The use of Xyrem with other CNS depressant drugs (drugs that affect the CNS and may lead to breathing problems) such as opioid analgesics, benzodiazepines, sedating antidepressants or antipsychotics, general anesthetics, and muscle relaxants should generally be avoided.

    The use of Xyrem along with these products or other CNS depressants increases the risk of breathing problems that may lead to loss of consciousness, coma, and death.

    BACKGROUND: Xyrem (sodium oxybate) is FDA-approved to reduce attacks of muscle weakness (cataplexy) and treat daytime sleepiness in patients with narcolepsy. Sodium oxybate, the active ingredient of Xyrem, is also known as gamma-hydroxybutyrate (GHB). GHB is a known drug of abuse that has been associated with central nervous system (CNS) adverse events, including death. Even at recommended doses, Xyrem can cause confusion, depression, and other neuropsychiatric events.

    RECOMMENDATION: Healthcare professionals are urged to follow the dosing recommendations, contraindications, and boxed warning in the updated Xyrem drug label and to avoid drug combinations that raise the risk of respiratory depression and death. Patients taking Xyrem should not drink alcohol or take insomnia drugs. See the FDA Drug Safety Communication for a Data Summary.


    Healthcare professionals and patients are encouraged to report adverse events or side effects related to the use of these products to the FDA's MedWatch Safety Information and Adverse Event Reporting Program:

    • Complete and submit the report Online: www.fda.gov/MedWatch/report.htm
    • Download form or call 1-800-332-1088 to request a reporting form, then complete and return to the address on the pre-addressed form, or submit by fax to 1-800-FDA-0178

     

    [12/17/2012 - Drug Safety Communication - FDA]
    [12/17/2012 - Xyrem (sodium oxybate) Prescribing Information, December 2012]

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