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Alcohol & Rheumatoid Arthritis

Alcohol & Rheumatoid Arthritis

Can I still drink alcohol?

We all like to share a glass of wine, a beer, or a spirit from time to time. The main issue is an interaction with alcohol and your medications. Alcohol, by itself, is not known to affect or flare your arthritis.

Alcohol does interact with a number of medications and we ask patients to limit or completely avoid alcohol while taking these medications. You need to discuss this with your rheumatologist. They can give you detailed advice for your specific situation.

As a general rule, you should be careful with alcohol while taking the following medications:

  1. Methotrexate
  2. Leflunomide (Arava)
  3. Azathioprine (Imuran)