Humira is an injectable medicine used to treat adults with various inflammatory conditions. Many people who use Humira regularly ask if it is safe to drink alcohol when using the drug. The short answer to this question is no. The research done on this subject is limited and has not confirmed that alcohol and Humira are a safe combination. Some may choose to limit their alcohol consumption instead, however, this is not advised as a proper alternative either.
Is Alcohol Allowed in Moderation?
Ask your doctor if any amount of alcohol is allowed while taking Humira. It is likely that your doctor will not fully commit to allowing the consumption of alcohol while taking Humira. Humira combined with alcohol can cause permanent liver damage, as well as damage to other organs. Alcohol alone is well known to cause severe liver damage directly. When compounded with Humira, alcohol is more likely to cause liver damage. A doctor may recommend limiting your amount of alcohol consumption or ceasing it all together. With an inconclusive amount of research done, it is best to take caution and cease all alcohol consumption unless otherwise told by your doctor.
What Are Some Side Effects of Humira and Alcohol Combined?
While there has not been enough research conducted to say entirely, elevated liver enzymes have been found to be a side effect of Humira use. This condition can be exacerbated by the consumption of alcohol. Side effects of elevated liver enzymes include; jaundice (yellowing of the eyes, skin, and mucous membranes), fatigue, dark urine, pale stool, weakness, abdominal pain, swelling, nausea, and vomiting. You have an increased risk of elevated liver enzymes when compounding alcohol with Humira. These symptoms should outweigh the benefits of alcohol consumption. However, if you would still prefer to risk the side effects of combining alcohol with Humira, you should only do so with your doctor’s approval or knowledge.
Ultimately, it is a personal choice to forego conventional wisdom and put yourself at risk by consuming alcohol. The liver is an essential organ and risking further damage to it by consuming alcohol is not what doctors would recommend. If you do decide to drink alcohol, it is best to limit the amount to as little as possible. There is too much that is unknown on the subject at the present time, so it is best to be cautious.