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I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW IF A PERSON WITH CRONIC PANCREATITIS & CRONIC GASTROESOPHAGEAL REFLUX DISEASE (GERD) ALONG WITH TAKING PAIN MEDICATIONS, SUCH AS TYLOX 5\500 mg (1)-(2) 3 TIMES PER DAY ALONG WITH OXYCOTIN 40mg 3 TIMES PER DAY. WOULD THESE DISEASES & MEDICATIONS HAVE ANY EFFECT ON A ALCOHOL BREATH TEST? I KNOW VERY LITTLE ABOUT THE MEDS NOR THE DISEASES, BUT I DO KNOW THAT THEY EFFECT YOUR BREATH (AS BEING VERY FOUL) AND EFFECTSON THE PERSONS EMZINES & BLOOD,ECT. SO IF AT ALL POSSIBLE COULD YOU ANSWER MY QUESTION PLEASE !!!!!!! I'M BEGGING YOU IF THERE IS ANY CHANCE OF A ANSWER TO THE EFFECTS ON A ALCOHOL BREATH TEST FROM HAVING THESE DISEASES & TAKING THOSE MEDICATIONS PLEASE !!!!!!! THANK YOU
L.V.L. 
Answer:
Dear L.V.L., Having chronic pancreatitis and chronic gastro-esophageal reflux disease does not affect the result of an alcohol breath test. Nor will any of these medications. There are some anecdotal reports of people with ethanol (alcohol) producing germs in their stomach having positive alcohol breath tests, however this is extremely rare. There has been concern expressed that some foods or medications containing low concentrations of alcohol could produce a false-positive alcohol breath alcohol test. This is why it is important to wait at least 15 minutes after consuming alcohol or such food or medications before having the breath test. A blood test is more accurate than a breath test for determining alcohol levels. Hope this helps, Ask the Doctor
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