Alcohol And Medication Interactions – Part 1 of 3
Alcohol And Medication Interactions. A large number of Americans who drink also take medications that should not be mixed with alcohol, new government research suggests. The study, of nearly 27000 US adults, found that amid current drinkers, about 43 percent were on prescription medications that interact with alcohol. Depending on the medication, that mix can cause side effects ranging from drowsiness and dehydration to depressed breathing and lowered pluck rate. It’s not clear how many people were drinking and taking their medications around the same time – or even on the same day, the researchers stressed.
So “But this does tell us how big the problem could potentially be,” said inquiry co-author Aaron White, a neuroscientist at the US National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). He and his colleagues report the findings in the February online print run of the journal Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research. Alcohol is a bad mix with many different types of medications. The consequences vary, according to the NIAAA.
For instance, drinking while taking sedatives – such as sleeping pills or formula painkillers like Vicodin or OxyContin – can cause dizziness, drowsiness or breathing problems. Mixing alcohol with diabetes drugs, such as metformin (Glucophage), can send blood sugar levels too pornographic or trigger nausea, headaches or a rapid heartbeat. Alcohol is also a bad mix with common pain relievers, such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) and naproxen (Aleve), because of the potential for ulcers and appetite bleeding, noted Karen Gunning, a professor of pharmacotherapy at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City.