At the beginning of the year, I spent $300 to refill my prescription of Proptopic. In the process, I discovered that using Protopic and drinking alcohol can cause facial flushing and burning. Since there were still technically other things that could be causing my facial flushing from alcohol (new allergy? some weird genetic disease? who knows!), I stopped using Protopic immediately after filling it. (There goes $300!)
A couple weeks later, I decided to try having a glass of wine. I actually went to Bonefish Grill, where is where I had my first obvious flushing/burning reaction.
The good news is that I was able to have two glasses of wine without ANY facial flushing or burning. My face didn’t even feel warm at all! I was paranoid the entire time and kept touching my face to see if I’d react, but I didn’t. So, it definitely seems to be related to Protopic. Hopefully my future “experiments” will continue to support my current theory. The weird thing is that I know other people who use Protopic regularly and don’t seem to have any issues with alcohol but I guess everyone reacts differently to things.
I love when I’m able to solve one of my medical mysteries :)