verapamil and alcohol

Last reviewed 01/2018

Alcohol elimination is delayed if a patient is taking verapamil.

Also the feeling of intoxication is prolonged.

  • a patient taking verapamil should be warned that they may be 'over the limit' for driving for longer than usual after drinking alcohol

  • also they should be warned that the effects of alcohol can be prolonged


  • (1) Drug and Therapeutics Bulletin (1996), Drugs and alcohol: harmful cocktails?, 34 (5), 36-8.
  • (2) Bauer LA et al (1992), Verapamil inhibits ethanol elimination and prolongs the perception of intoxication, Clin Pharmacol Ther, 22, 735-42.