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Alcohol Side Effects

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.

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.

Alcohol Side Effects Reported to FDA

The following 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.


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.
Toxicity To Various Agents
on Feb 20, 2014 Male from FR , 27 years of age, weighting 147.7 lb, was treated with Alcohol. Directly after, patient experienced the unwanted or unexpected Alcohol side effects: toxicity to various agents. Alcohol dosage: N/A.
Associated medications used:
  • Flunitrazepam
  • Cocaine
  • Morphine
  • Diacetylmorphine
  • Clorazepate Dipotassium
  • Valium
  • Cannabis
  • Nordazepam


Hypersensitivity, Dyspnoea, Throat Tightness, Glossitis
Patient was taking Alcohol. Patient felt the following Alcohol side effects: hypersensitivity, dyspnoea, throat tightness, glossitis on Dec 17, 2013 from US Additional patient health information: Female , 25 years of age, was diagnosed with and. Alcohol dosage: 1 Drop In 6 Ozs Water.

Product Quality Issue, Product Contamination
Adverse event was reported on Apr 09, 2013 by a Male taking Alcohol (Dosage: Individual Swab Once Eveyr 2-3 Days, Topical) . Location: US , 68 years of age, weighting 161.4 lb, After Alcohol was administered, patient encountered several Alcohol side effects: product quality issue, product contamination.

Occupational Asthma
on Apr 04, 2013 Female from GB , 43 years of age, was treated with Alcohol\chlorhexidine Gluconate. Directly after, patient experienced the unwanted or unexpected Alcohol side effects: occupational asthma. Alcohol\chlorhexidine Gluconate dosage: N/A.


Anaphylactic Shock, Local Swelling, Blister
on Mar 22, 2013 Female from US , 25 years of age, was treated with Alcohol. Patient felt the following Alcohol side effects: anaphylactic shock, local swelling, blister. Alcohol dosage: N/A. Patient was hospitalized.

Overdose, Coma, Delirium
Patient was taking Alcohol. After Alcohol was administered, patient encountered several Alcohol side effects: overdose, coma, delirium on Jun 06, 2012 from AUSTRALIA Additional patient health information: Male , 35 years of age, . Alcohol dosage: Unk.
Multiple concurrent drugs taken:
  • Baclofen (2500 Mg, Single)
Patient was hospitalized.

Bradycardia, Delirium, Coma, Hypertension, Overdose
Adverse event was reported on Jun 06, 2012 by a Male taking Alcohol (Dosage: Unk) . Location: AUSTRALIA , 33 years of age, Directly after, patient experienced the unwanted or unexpected Alcohol side effects: bradycardia, delirium, coma, hypertension, overdose.
Associated medications used:
  • Baclofen (375 Mg, Single)
Patient was hospitalized.

Coma, Hypertension, Tachycardia, Overdose
on Jun 06, 2012 Male from AUSTRALIA , 33 years of age, was treated with Alcohol. Patient felt the following Alcohol side effects: coma, hypertension, tachycardia, overdose. Alcohol dosage: Unk.
Multiple prescriptions taken:
  • Baclofen (375 Mg, Single)
Patient was hospitalized.

Self Injurious Behaviour, Sluggishness, Sopor
on Jun 08, 2012 Female from ITALY , 29 years of age, was treated with Alcohol. After Alcohol was administered, patient encountered several Alcohol side effects: self injurious behaviour, sluggishness, sopor. Alcohol dosage: N/A.
Multiple concurrent drugs taken:
  • Risperdal


Intentional Overdose
Patient was taking Alcohol. Directly after, patient experienced the unwanted or unexpected Alcohol side effects: intentional overdose on May 28, 2012 from JAPAN Additional patient health information: Female , 53 years of age, . Alcohol dosage: N/A.
Associated medications used:
  • Risperdal (82 Tablets Of 1 Mg Tablet)


Unresponsive To Stimuli, Accidental Overdose, Toxicity To Various Agents, Pulmonary Oedema, Alcohol Poisoning, Pulmonary Congestion
Adverse event was reported on May 09, 2012 by a Male taking Alcohol (ethanol) (Dosage: N/A) . Location: UNITED STATES , 35 years of age, weighting 175.0 lb, Patient felt the following Alcohol side effects: unresponsive to stimuli, accidental overdose, toxicity to various agents, pulmonary oedema, alcohol poisoning, pulmonary congestion.
Multiple prescriptions taken:
  • Opana (Oral)


Suicidal Ideation, Weight Decreased, Pain Of Skin, Headache, Injection Site Mass, Viral Infection, Abdominal Pain Upper, Nasopharyngitis
on Mar 13, 2012 Male from UNITED STATES , weighting 167.1 lb, was treated with Alcohol. After Alcohol was administered, patient encountered several Alcohol side effects: suicidal ideation, weight decreased, pain of skin, headache, injection site mass, viral infection, abdominal pain upper, nasopharyngitis. Alcohol dosage: N/A.
Multiple concurrent drugs taken:
  • Ribavirin
  • Abilify
  • Pegasys
  • Cymbalta
Patient was hospitalized.

Hepatic Enzyme Increased
on May 16, 2012 Male from UNITED STATES , weighting 153.0 lb, was treated with Alcohol. Directly after, patient experienced the unwanted or unexpected Alcohol side effects: hepatic enzyme increased. Alcohol dosage: N/A.
Associated medications used:
  • Medrol
  • Trazodone Hcl
  • Medrol
  • Protonix
  • Simponi
  • Simponi
  • Celexa
  • Lortab (7.5/500)


Somnolence, Coma, Acidosis, Respiratory Failure
Patient was taking Alcohol. Patient felt the following Alcohol side effects: somnolence, coma, acidosis, respiratory failure on May 04, 2012 from GERMANY Additional patient health information: Male , weighting 220.5 lb, . Alcohol dosage: N/A.
Multiple prescriptions taken:
  • Zyban
Patient was hospitalized.

Overdose, Suicide Attempt
Adverse event was reported on May 04, 2012 by a Male taking Alcohol (Dosage: N/A) . Location: UNITED STATES , 46 years of age, weighting 216.1 lb, After Alcohol was administered, patient encountered several Alcohol side effects: overdose, suicide attempt.
Multiple concurrent drugs taken:
  • Barbiturates
  • Seroquel Xr
  • Paxil
Patient was hospitalized.

Overdose
on May 01, 2012 Male from UNITED STATES , 46 years of age, weighting 216.1 lb, was treated with Alcohol. Directly after, patient experienced the unwanted or unexpected Alcohol side effects: overdose. Alcohol dosage: N/A.
Associated medications used:
  • Barbiturates
  • Paxil
  • Seroquel Xr
Patient was hospitalized.

Hypersensitivity, Liver Injury, Hepatocellular Injury, Eosinophilia
on Apr 10, 2012 Female from SPAIN , 25 years of age, was treated with Alcohol. Patient felt the following Alcohol side effects: hypersensitivity, liver injury, hepatocellular injury, eosinophilia. Alcohol dosage: 24 G, Daily.
Multiple prescriptions taken:
  • Acetaminophen (3250 Mg, Daily)
  • Bisacodyl
  • Metoclopramide


Coma, Cytolytic Hepatitis, Cerebral Ischaemia, Suicide Attempt, Hyperkalaemia, Metabolic Acidosis
Patient was taking Alcohol. After Alcohol was administered, patient encountered several Alcohol side effects: coma, cytolytic hepatitis, cerebral ischaemia, suicide attempt, hyperkalaemia, metabolic acidosis on Apr 10, 2012 from FRANCE Additional patient health information: Male , 25 years of age, . Alcohol dosage: Unk.
Multiple concurrent drugs taken:
  • Lyrica (Daily Intake-single Dose)
  • Acetaminophen (Daily Dose-single Intake)
  • Clonazepam (Daily Dose-single Intake)
  • Atarax (Daily Dose-single Intake)
Patient was hospitalized.

Road Traffic Accident, Imprisonment, Incoherent, Automatism, Alcohol Use, Somnambulism, Amnesia
Adverse event was reported on Mar 31, 2012 by a Female taking Alcohol (Dosage: 10 Mg, Hs) . Location: UNITED STATES , 34 years of age, Directly after, patient experienced the unwanted or unexpected Alcohol side effects: road traffic accident, imprisonment, incoherent, automatism, alcohol use, somnambulism, amnesia.
Associated medications used:
  • Zolpidem Tartrate (10 Mg, Hs)


Withdrawal Syndrome, Delusion, Suicide Attempt, Intentional Overdose, Aggression
on Apr 05, 2012 Female from FRANCE , 65 years of age, was treated with Alcohol. Patient felt the following Alcohol side effects: withdrawal syndrome, delusion, suicide attempt, intentional overdose, aggression. Alcohol dosage: Unk.
Multiple prescriptions taken:
  • Lyrica (500-600 Mg Daily)
Patient was hospitalized.

Suicide Attempt, Toxicity To Various Agents, Nervous System Disorder
on Mar 23, 2012 Female from SWAZILAND , 28 years of age, was treated with Alcohol (ethanol). After Alcohol was administered, patient encountered several Alcohol side effects: suicide attempt, toxicity to various agents, nervous system disorder. Alcohol (ethanol) dosage: N/A.
Multiple concurrent drugs taken:
  • Remeron (30 Mg; Once; Po)
  • Gamma Hydroxy Butarate (gamma-hydroxybutarate)
Patient was hospitalized.

Self Injurious Behaviour
Patient was taking Alcohol. Directly after, patient experienced the unwanted or unexpected Alcohol side effects: self injurious behaviour on Mar 27, 2012 from ITALY Additional patient health information: Female , 32 years of age, was diagnosed with and. Alcohol dosage: N/A.
Associated medications used:
  • Risperdal
  • Acetaminophen
  • Zoloft
  • Risperdal


Road Traffic Accident, Head Injury, Spinal Fracture, Rib Fracture, Skull Fracture, Sternal Fracture, Chest Injury, Contusion, Subdural Haemorrhage
Adverse event was reported on Mar 07, 2012 by a Male taking Alcohol (ethanol) (Dosage: N/A) . Location: UNITED STATES , 49 years of age, weighting 263.0 lb, Patient felt the following Alcohol side effects: road traffic accident, head injury, spinal fracture, rib fracture, skull fracture, sternal fracture, chest injury, contusion, subdural haemorrhage.
Multiple prescriptions taken:
  • Oxycodone Hcl
  • Soma
  • Temazepam


Blood Alcohol Increased, Contusion, Eyelid Oedema, Road Traffic Accident, Skull Fracture, Basal Ganglia Haemorrhage, Arteriosclerosis, Aspiration, Excoriation
on Mar 13, 2012 Male from UNITED STATES , 49 years of age, weighting 263.0 lb, was treated with Alcohol. After Alcohol was administered, patient encountered several Alcohol side effects: blood alcohol increased, contusion, eyelid oedema, road traffic accident, skull fracture, basal ganglia haemorrhage, arteriosclerosis, aspiration, excoriation. Alcohol dosage: N/A.
Multiple concurrent drugs taken:
  • Oxycodone Hcl
  • Soma
  • Meprobamate
  • Tenazepam Capsules, 30 Mg (purepac)


Suicidal Ideation, Vomiting, Weight Decreased, Injection Site Ulcer, Back Pain, Pain Of Skin, Myalgia, Ill-defined Disorder, Fractured Coccyx
on Mar 12, 2012 Male from UNITED STATES , weighting 167.1 lb, was treated with Alcohol. Directly after, patient experienced the unwanted or unexpected Alcohol side effects: suicidal ideation, vomiting, weight decreased, injection site ulcer, back pain, pain of skin, myalgia, ill-defined disorder, fractured coccyx. Alcohol dosage: N/A.
Associated medications used:
  • Pegasys
  • Ribavirin
  • Abilify
  • Cymbalta
Patient was hospitalized.

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    Safety Alerts, Active Ingredients, Usage Information

    ACETAMINO BENZALKON BENZETHON BENZOCAIN CARBONEUM CETYLPYRI CONIFERYL DEHYDRATE ETHANOL ETHYL ALC HAND SANI ISOPROPYL SODIUM FL STERILE A

    Active Ingredient: ACETAMINO ALCOHOL ALCOHOL; BENZALKON BENZETHON BENZOCAIN CARBON DI CETYLPYRI CONIFERYL ETHANOL ISOPROPYL SODIUM FL TRICLOSAN

    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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