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Anesthesia

Twilight sedation

08/21/2007

Question:

Is it okay to have a glass of wine 13 hours after your twilight sedation?

Answer:

Either you're planning to drink some wine after your procedure, or you already did so. If you already drank your wine - did something bad happen? (This is my suspicious nature coming through!).

Most guidelines recommend that patients avoid alcohol for between 12 and 24 hours after any form of anesthesia or sedation. At 12 hours it is likely, assuming you are healthy and short-acting agents were used, that your body will largely have eliminated the drugs. The real question is, what activities are you going to undertake after drinking your wine? There's not likely to be a problem if you're sitting at home and watching TV. If on the other hand you're going to drive, operate machinery, or make important decisions, it is conceivable that even one glass of wine, plus any lingering effects of the sedation, could combine to make you more inebriated than you would otherwise be after a single glass, and a danger therefore to yourself or others.

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Response by:

Gareth S Kantor, MD Gareth S Kantor, MD
Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University