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Medication and Alcohol: A Dangerous Combination

Depending on the amount of alcohol and the type of medication you consume, you may experience a number of harmful side effects. Since alcohol is depressing, mixing it with another medicine can be detrimental to your health. Here are three common combinations of drugs and alcohol, as well as their specific risks:

#1 Painkillers and alcohol: Painkillers are prescribed for the treatment of moderate to severe pain. When used with alcohol, these drugs can cause dangerous health conditions. When substances are combined, you significantly increase the risk of developing liver problems and possibly liver disease.

#2 Antidepressants and alcohol: People with mental health conditions have usually prescribed an antidepressant. Mixing an antidepressant with alcohol can exacerbate one’s side effects – a potentially lethal combination. One of the biggest risk factors for drinking alcohol and antidepressants is to feel more depressed or anxious. This can lead to irritability, inability to sleep, and decreased judgment.

#3 Sleeping pills and alcohol: There are several risks of taking sleeping pills. However, when combined with the use of alcohol, the effects of sleeping pills can be life-threatening. Drinking even a small amount of alcohol while taking sleeping pills can increase its sedative effects. When mixed with alcoholic beverages, a hypnotic drug can cause dizziness, confusion, and fainting.

Tips to remember to take your medications

Develop a routine – to take your medicine by associating it with daily activity. For example, take your medicine every morning when you make coffee, or use an external reminder, such as a phone alarm clock, to ask you to take your medicine.

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