5 drugs not to mix with alcohol

Several studies have shown that mixing certain medications with alcohol could make the medication less effective or have harmful effects on your health.

Here are five drugs you shouldn’t mix with alcohol, and why.

Allergy Medicine:
First, it may seem like a harmless medication that helps manage hay fever and other common allergies, but Benadryl and other allergy medications should not be mixed with alcohol. They can create more intense drowsiness which combines with the effects of alcoholic beverages.

Taking allergy medications in combination with alcohol consumption can impact your judgment and your ability to concentrate or monitor your behavior. This has also been known to cause dizziness in more extreme cases. There are serious risks associated with excessive sleepiness, which is why you should generally avoid drinking alcohol while taking allergy medications.

Medicine for epilepsy:
If you suffer from epilepsy or are prone to seizures, it is strongly recommended that you avoid alcohol as much as possible. Indeed, it can act as a trigger for many people that contributes to more severe attacks. Medications that were designed to treat epilepsy or prevent seizures are less likely to work when combined with alcohol.

In many cases, alcohol can limit the effects of epilepsy medications. This can make it more likely that you will have seizures, and many people find that alcohol can trigger them. Similarly, a person is more likely to experience the side effects of epilepsy medications when they drink alcohol.

As a general rule, alcohol should be avoided while taking medication for epilepsy or seizures.

Antidepressants:
Severe memory loss, impaired motor control, and slowed breathing are common in people who combine antidepressants with alcohol. There are many types of anti-anxiety and antidepressant medications on the market, and it’s worth finding the one that’s right for you.

However, some medications used to make anxiety and depression more manageable can have serious effects when combined with alcohol. For this reason, you should always read the possible side effects of your medication before drinking. Alternatively, it might be helpful to discuss the pros and cons of each option.

Diabetes Medicine:
People with diabetes should carefully monitor their blood sugar. Glucophage, Orinase, and Diabinese are common diabetes medications that can help someone digest carbohydrates properly. If you take it, it is recommended to avoid drinking alcohol.

Avoid drinking if you are taking diabetes medication as there is a higher chance of developing a rapid heartbeat and other side effects. These include vomiting, nausea, headache, abnormally low blood sugar, etc. Consider the possible risks when it comes to drinking alcohol beforehand, especially if it involves sugary drinks such as fruity cocktails.

Opioid Pain Medicine:
Finally, opioid pain relief is normally given after surgery. Because it can be highly addictive, this drug is usually given in very small doses over a short period of time. This powerful drug tends to provide short-term pain relief, and many medical professionals recommend avoiding alcohol while taking these drugs.

There have been associations between opioid medications in combination with alcohol and a higher risk of developing serious respiratory conditions. Not only that, but there is an increased risk of overdose in this situation.

NOTE: Doctors have advised that before taking any medication, read the package leaflet for possible side effects or speak with your doctor/pharmacist.

* Excerpt from Medical Device News magazine

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