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Mixing Medications with Drugs and Alcohol

Mixing any drugs with alcohol is extremely dangerous and can be deadly. This includes prescription drugs, over-the-counter medicines, and recreational drugs. Drinking alcohol with medication or drugs increases the risks of health complications and causes harmful effects to the liver, heart, and breathing. This toxic combination can also have negative effects on your emotional stability and mental well-being. Taking prescription or over-the-counter medication with alcohol can interfere with the effectiveness of the medication.

Alcohol acts as a depressant and can heighten a person’s level of depression. Some medications that treat depression, anxiety, and other mental illnesses have risks of complications on their own. Drugs and alcohol alter your brain’s ability to function normally. They are mind-controlling substances and when taken with medication, can have unintentional consequences.

Some medications cause dizziness, fainting, or drowsiness and alcohol only exasperates the side effects.  Many people take medication for chronic conditions high blood pressure, diabetes, or cholesterol. Alcohol consumption affects a person’s coordination and ability to live productively. When you drink while taking medication for illnesses or chronic illnesses, you risk the possibility of worsened conditions, overdose, and death.

People who use recreational drugs increase the risks of developing physical, mental, and emotional health problems. When alcohol is used with recreational drugs, these dangers are amplified. Mixing any two drugs together will increase your chances of hurting yourself or others and can cause fatal accidents.

Prescription and over-the-counter medications usually have a warning label indicating the harmful effects they have when mixed with alcohol. Most medications are safe and effective when taken appropriately or as prescribed. Serious liver complications develop when consuming alcohol while taking an over-the-counter medicine such as acetaminophen. Pain medicine, cough syrup, and allergy medications have ingredients that can cause adverse effects. Prescription medicine mixed with alcohol causes serious drug interactions and increases the risks of stomach bleeding, heart attack, stroke, or impaired breathing.

Avoid alcohol when taking any drug or medication. All drugs have side effects whether over-the-counter, prescription, or recreational but when alcohol is involved, your health is at risk. Mixing drugs with medication and alcohol is not recommended and is a deadly combination. Read warning labels, know the side effects, and ask a doctor or pharmacist about adverse interactions.






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