The Dangerous Combination of Drinking and Medication

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So many people have read the warning labels on medications, to not be taken with alcohol, yet there are so many of us who still continue to do this harmful practice. The common belief is that alcohol either helps intensify the effects of the medication, helps the person relax more, or both. However, what many people don’t realize is that it could become a dangerous combination, depending on how much alcohol and what type of medication it is. Nearly half of people who drink alcohol with medication are at risk for having a bad reaction – so understanding the reality behind this situation could prevent a person from undue harm.

Mixing alcohol with medication poses several risks, including:

  • Depending on the type of medication that’s being taken, the depressive aspects of alcohol could counteract with the medication, leaving a person with more severe symptoms – or none at all.
  • A dangerous reaction could occur from mixing alcohol and medication, including spiking blood pressure to a dangerously high level.
  • Different combinations of symptoms could arise and could make a person more dizzy, anxious or nauseous depending on what’s being taken.

Other medications are as dangerous to mix with alcohol: anti-inflammatory medications, sleeping aids, blood pressure and cholesterol medications, anti-depressants, antibiotics such as metronidazole or tinidazole, birth control pills, allergy medicines that contain antihistamines or acetaminophen, and more. It is better to be safe than sorry.

Previous reports have shown that the dangerous effects of mixing alcohol and medication can still be present, even if they are not taken at the same time. Women are also at greater risk because alcohol typically reaches a higher level and at a faster pace than men, even if both are drinking the same amount. It’s also important to take note of alcohol presence within non-threatening medications like cough syrup, as these can have a higher effect on a person if mixed with other substances.

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