• why no alcohol?

    Asked by lucifee83 on Friday, August 3, 2012

    why no alcohol?

    Why are you not allowed to have alcohol when you're on chemo? I can understand from a 'pain med' perspective, but other than that? Just curious.

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    • leepenn's Avatar

      i was allowed to have it... but they recommended against it because it often makes people feel rather crappy.... i completely lost my desire for any alcohol while on chemo... about 3 months after the last treatment, i had my first beer.

      they also recommended against heavy drinking... our bodies are so taxed by chemo, heaving drinking only adds to that.

      i would recommend asking your health care team directly. they should be able to give you a straight forward answer.

      almost 9 years ago
    • Valentinegirl's Avatar

      My nurse told me that chemo is processed through the liver, and as it is powerful, our livers have to work extra hard when we are in treatment. She suggested that if I should at least abstain two days before chemo, and two days after it.

      I would also suggest that you speak with your treatment team about this. The answer may vary depending on the type of chemo, etc.

      almost 9 years ago
    • AmandaH's Avatar

      Did you ask your oncologist? Mine allows the occasional glass of wine.

      almost 9 years ago
    • CarolLHRN's Avatar

      I was able to drink while on chemo until my platelets took a nose dive. Alcohol has an impact on platelet production and since they were already low, they didn't want anything to interfere.

      almost 9 years ago
    • ScrapbookerKay's Avatar

      I was told the liver would be over worked. But I was also told not to drink because of the steroids. I didn't drink at all during treatment and handled the chemo very well (according to the nurse). I also had a dietician tell me to eat high protein and carbs the 2 days before chemo. Great reason for steak and baked potato.

      over 8 years ago

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