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Tecfederia and alcohol, do they mix okay

I’m due to go out with some friends soon for a celebration but I haven’t drank since I’ve been on Tecfederia.

Has anyone drank with it and was there any effects?

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dannibrett
1 week ago

Afternoon 🙂
I’m on week 4 of Tecfidera; Ive noticed my flushing is more noticeable after a drink (I start looking a bit sunburnt!) And it lasts about half an hour. My balance is a bit wobbly anyway so alcohol tends to make that worse but haven’t noticed any really unpleasant side effects since starting Tec.
The booklet does advise you not to have a strong spirit for a few hours after taking your tablet.

Hope this helps!


world25
1 week ago

Thank you that’s really helpful! I know you had to wait a bit after the tablet but wasn’t sure what the effects may be.

Flushing I can cope with I usually flush with alcohol anyway so I can disguise it. Thank you!!


calnffc
1 week ago

Never had any issues, ive taken tecfideria a few times with alcohol and never had a problem. Just would advise not taking it with spirits.


vivien
1 week ago

@world25, Hi!

I tried having a few drinks when I was on holiday in July, 5 months into tecfidera.

I found that drinking peach schnapps made my pins and needles flare up but I was able to drink Morgans spiced rum 🥃 no bother, although I didn’t have more than 3 in a full evening out. I did notice that I had a bit more fatigue than normal the following day, though, than the nights I didn’t drink….

I’ve not tried drinking wine 🍷 or bubbly yet, but I’ll brave it at some point, as I like wine with a meal when out celebrating or spending the weekend at my parents house. I don’t usually drink as I’ve always been the driver as hubby hasn’t learned to drive yet!


beefree
1 week ago

Hi @world25, I drink as normal with Tecfidera. I don’t really go partying but I can make my way through a decent amount of wine or any number of alternatives over a good chat.

As with @dannibrett, it does bring my flushes on. Interestingly, I also find that some of my symptoms ease while drinking, including the internal tremor that I find very irritating in daily life, although this isn’t intended as encouragement to hit the bottle!

But, similar to @world25, I find that the next day some of my old symptoms give me a gentle disgruntled nudge. One of my first sensations was altered sensation in my left hand. If I’ve had more than 1 or 2 I tend to have light and fleeting tingles in that hand the next day.

You should take a look at this thread on alcohol and MS if you haven’t seen it already: https://shift.ms/forums/topic/alcohol-and-ms-your-thoughts


dominics
1 week ago

Never had an issue. Drunk irresponsibly at times (though rarely).

It isn’t contraindicated so I can’t see why not.


bernadette
1 week ago

on Tech and the combo makes me feel intoxicated far more quickly, more importantly it makes me feel rotten. Why do that to myself when i feel bad enough with MS? Its personal choice of course but, why would you?

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