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Which Medications Do Not Mix Well with Alcohol

Posted Mar 29 2010 3:06am

There are significant risks when mixing certain medications with alcohol.  These can include the risk of illness, injury to yourself and others and even death.

which medications do not mix well with alcohol

Prescription Medications Do Not Mix Well with Alcohol

Prescription medications do not mix well with alcohol and can cause severe effects to your health if you drink while taking them.  Some of these medications include but are not limited to:

  • Narcotic Pain Relievers which are used to relieve mild to moderate pain.  Combining these medications with alcohol can cause intense sedation and greatly increase the chance of fatal overdose.
  • Cardiovascular Medications that are used to treat disorders of the cardiovascular system including the heart and lungs.  The combination of these medications and alcohol can reduce the drug’s effectiveness on the prescribed condition and cause fainting or extreme dizziness.
  • Antibiotic Medication used to treat infection and illness. Combining these medications with alcohol can reduce the effects of the medication, cause convulsions, headache and nausea and vomiting.
  • Antidepressants used to treat mental illness and depression combined with alcohol can increase the sedation effect of the medication.  It can also decrease the effectiveness of the medication and cause your blood pressure to rise to dangerous levels.
  • Antidiabetics used to manage diabetes in combination with alcohol can reduce the drugs ability to lower your blood sugar and may cause headache and nausea and vomiting.
  • Antiseizure medication used to treat epilepsy. Mixing these types of medication with alcohol can increase the risk of side effects of the drugs and can decrease the ability of the medication to protect you against seizures.
  • Antipsychotic medication that is used in treatment of psychotic symptoms can be harmful or deadly when mixed with alcohol. This combination can increase sedation of the medication, impair your coordination and cause potentially fatal respiratory problems causing you to stop breathing.

Over the Counter Medications Do Not Mix Well with Alcohol

Many over the counter medications do not mix well with alcohol.  Some of these include but are not limited to:

  • Antihistamines which are used to treat cold symptoms and allergies.  Mixing alcohol with this type of medication can intensify the sedative effect and cause excessive drowsiness.
  • Non-narcotic Pain Relievers such as aspirin, acetaminophen and ibuprofen which is used to treat mild to moderate pain.  Mixing alcohol with these types of medications increases your risk for bleeding as the clotting factors are inhibited. They can also cause stomach bleeding put you are increased risk for liver damage.
  • Antiulcer Medications such as those purchased to treat stomach pain and gastrointestinal disorders.  Mixing alcohol with these types of medication can lead to the risk of increased side effects from these medications.

Medications Do Not Mix Well with Alcohol and Can Be Deadly

Every person is different and the effects of mixing alcohol with medications are not an exact science. However depending on which medications your mix with what type of alcohol it could be a recipe for death.  Several factors can affect this result.  The amount of alcohol you drink, they type of medication you are taking, the time frame and your tolerance to the medication and the alcohol.  Is it really worth the risk of dying?

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