Although it is widely aware that alcohol consumption while taking medication is a real danger, a lot of people still ignore this warning. This article, once again, will give readers a closer and deeper look into the extreme health risk of alcohol and medication interaction.
What kind of drug can alcohol have interaction with?
Alcohol can have adverse interaction with multiple of medications including prescription medication and over-the-counter drugs. Some medication used for the following health conditions can interact adversely with alcohol:
- Allergies, colds, and flu
- Angina and coronary heart disease
- Anxiety and epilepsy
- Blood clots
- Enlarged prostate
- Heartburn and indigestion
- High cholesterol
- Muscle pain
- Nausea and motion sickness
- Pain, fever, and inflammation
- Severe pain from injury, post-surgical care, oral surgery, and migraine
- Sleep problems
What complications does mixing alcohol and medication bring about?
Regardless of the type of medication you take, prescription medicines, over-the-counter drugs, and even some herbal remedies cause the body many problems if used in a combination with alcohol. Some of the common negative effects include:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Migraine or headaches
- Changes in blood pressure
- Abnormal behavior
- Loss of coordination
Using alcohol while taking medications also may put people at a greater risk of experiencing complications such as:
- Damage to liver
- Cardiovascular problems
- Internal bleeding
- Difficulty breathing
Effects of alcohol on medication
Using alcohol during the time of taking medication may result in lowered effectiveness of the medicines, or worse, make them become no use at all. More serious, in some cases, drug interacting with alcohol may become harmful or toxic to the body. Even if not taken at the same time, alcohol and medicines still can interact.
Moreover, alcohol consumption even with the small amount, is able to intensify the side effects of the medication. Such side effects including sleepiness, drowsiness, headache, mayput your life at risk. When using alcohol, the concentration level is lowered down, and when mixing with some certain drugs, the consequence is worse. When the ability to manage mechanical devices and the skills of controlling vehicles are affected, serious or even fatal injuries may occur.
Who are at higher risk when getting alcohol–medication interaction?
Generally, women are more likely to suffer from the effect of medication and alcohol interaction, compared to men. This is because the alcohol that a woman consume reaches a greater level in her bloodstream than a man’s with the same amount of consumption. The water contained in women’s body is less than a man’s and when a certain amount of alcohol mixes with the water in the women’s body, it is more concentrated. Therefore, women are more vulnerable to any damages relating to alcohol.
Elderly face a higher health risk from alcohol-medication interactions. Because the aging process leads to the decreased ability to break down alcohol, alcohol remains in older people’s body for a longer time and has higher chance to interact with medication. Older people are also easy to get disease or sickness which they have to take one or more types of medicine, which make their risk get greater.
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Review Date: May 15, 2017 | Last Modified: May 15, 2017
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Harmful Interactions. https://pubs.niaaa.nih.gov/publications/medicine/medicine.htm. Accessed May 10, 2017.