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Using alcohol with other medications is something that requires careful consideration because many medications interact with alcohol in ways that can be dangerous. It is important to know which medications interact with alcohol so that you can stay safe by avoiding or limiting alcohol consumption when taking those medications.
The way alcohol can interact with medications produces different symptoms depending on what medications are mixed with the alcohol and how much of each is consumed. Some of the common symptoms of dangerous interactions include nausea and vomiting, headaches, drowsiness, fainting, or loss of coordination. Taking medications with alcohol can also put you at risk for internal bleeding, heart problems, and difficulties in breathing.
Alcohol can make a medication not work as well, not work at all, or it could make the medication harmful or toxic to your body. When medications with similar effects to alcohol are taken while drinking, it multiplies the effect of both, which can have dangerous effects on your body.
Typically, a medication’s label will warn users if they should avoid alcohol while taking the medication, and this is the case whether it is a prescription medication or available over the counter. Here are some common medications that interact with alcohol.
Over 100 commonly used medications interact with alcohol and can cause dangerous and life-threatening symptoms. If you abuse alcohol, getting help can be a life-or-death situation when other medications are involved. Contact us at Recovery Village at Palmer Lake for Colorado drug rehab services that can treat alcohol abuse and possibly save a life.
Because alcohol withdrawal can be dangerous – and even kill you – make sure you have medical advice from your doctor or a rehab facility when you decide to stop drinking.
There are many misconceptions about alcoholism that make it sound like an alcoholic is an easy person to spot, however, many alcoholics function effectively and lead relatively normal lives.
An alcohol abuse problem can include binge drinking, having negative consequences such as hangovers with your drinking but continuing anyway, and drinking despite the desire to stop.
In a recent study by The Recovery Village, 44% of respondents reported abusing alcohol in an attempt to ease uncomfortable feelings that stem from underlying anxiety.
Drinking more than three drinks in a single sitting will temporarily cause your blood pressure to rise, but extended binge drinking or regular alcohol consumption can cause a permanent increase in blood pressure.
The Recovery Village at Palmer Lake aims to improve the quality of life for people struggling with substance use or mental health disorder with fact-based content about the nature of behavioral health conditions, treatment options and their related outcomes. We publish material that is researched, cited, edited and reviewed by licensed medical professionals. The information we provide is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. It should not be used in place of the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare providers.
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