Plan B and Alcohol: Is it Safe?

When a woman is considering taking Plan B, she obviously has a lot of questions. While many of them relate to how Plan B works, what Plan B does and possible Plan B side effects, a woman may also be fairly concerned about the effects of Plan B and alcohol. In truth, there isn’t a whole lot to worry about with Plan B and alcohol so if you’ve already taken Plan B and have had a drink or two, you’re not really in any danger and have probably already experienced the worst of what could happen. With that said, if you’ve taken Plan B and you’re planning to have a drink, you should probably rethink that plan. While drinking and taking Plan B is pretty safe and doesn’t really directly put you at risk of any life threatening side effects, there are some things you should be aware of.

Plan B and Alcohol: Is it Safe?

The short answer here is yes. The longer answer is still yes, for the most part anyway. Alcohol isn’t great for your liver but you probably already know that. What you may not know is that Plan B isn’t either. While the chances of Plan B and alcohol doing serious damage to your liver simply by being taken at the same time is slim, it is still technically possible. The more you drink, the higher the risk. This is really the case with any medication that is considered safe to be taken with alcohol though. This is almost always some kind of risk associated with mixing alcohol with a medication even if the risk is slim. The risk increases as you consume more alcohol. You should always keep that in mind.

 

The other major concern with Plan B and alcohol is the fact that alcohol lowers one’s inhibitions which can definitely lead to problems. If you plan to attend a party and plan to drink at that party, keep a few condoms in your purse. They’re small and discreet so no one has to know they’re there but if you find yourself in a position where you need them, you’ll definitely be glad you thought ahead and brought them with you. You don’t want to go through one pregnancy scare only to lose your head in the moment and wind up going through another one. Plan B is not birth control. Taking it does not mean you’re protected against unwanted pregnancies after you take it. That is what condoms, diaphragms and other forms of actual birth control are for.

The Effects of Plan B and Alcohol

Just because it’s safe to take Plan B and alcohol doesn’t mean you should. There are lots of things out there that are safe but still a pretty bad idea. First though, let’s put a common fear to rest. Alcohol does not make Plan B less effective so you need not worry there. There are a few things you should be concerned about though.

Plan B has a few common but rather harmless side effects you should be aware of. These side effects include:

  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Headache
  • Feeling shaky or weak

These side effects are bothersome but generally worth it if you’re concerned about unwanted pregnancy. Drinking alcohol after taking Plan B, however, can make the above effects much worse. You may also feel more intoxicated much more quickly, generally as a result of typical but magnified Plan B side effects. If you plan to drink while taking Plan B, you should use caution and make sure you have someone looking out for you who can make sure you get home safely.

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