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Saturday, February 6, 2016

If You Are Taking These 8 Medications, Don't Drink Alcohol!

Mixing alcohol with medications is never a good idea. Even when you are taking over-the-counter medications or herbal remedies, the combination of meds with alcohol can produce dangerous side effects.

This list includes many of the drugs that can cause dangerous side effects, but it doesn't mean that other drugs not mentioned are safe to use with alcohol. Always check with your doctor to ensure that having a glass of beer or wine while taking medications is safe.

Sleeping pills/pain pills: This list includes Demerol, Percocet, Vicodin (for pain); Valium, Ativan, Klonopin (for anxiety and epilepsy); Ambien, Lunesta, Prosom (for sleeping). These meds already make you sleepy. The addition of alcohol can slow breathing down to a dangerous level and can also cause extended release meds to release all at once in your system.

Antibiotics: Zithromax (often called Z-Paks), Flagyl, Nizoral and others can result in fast heartbeat, sudden changes in blood pressure, stomach pain, vomiting, headache, and liver damage when taken with alcohol.

Arthritis pain meds: Celebrex, Naprosyn, and Voltaren can cause ulcers, stomach bleeding, and liver damage when taken with alcohol. Alcohol can also increase the risk of cardiovascular side effects, such as heart attacks and strokes.

Blood clot meds: Meds like Coumadin prescribed to prevent blood clotting can cause bleeding, blood clots, stroke or heart attack if taken with alcohol.

Diabetes meds: Glucotrol, Glynase, Micronase, and Diabinese should never be taken with alcohol. Alcohol with these meds can cause the blood pressure to drop dangerously low and cause nausea, vomiting, blood pressure issues, headaches and a racing heartbeat.

Over-the-counter (OTC) pain meds: Tylenol, Advil, Aleve, Excedrin, and Motrin don't require a prescription but they are still dangerous to take with alcohol. Increased side effects with alcohol include stomach upset, bleeding and ulcers, liver damage from acetaminophens like Tylenol and Excedrin, and rapid heartbeat.

OTC allergy, cold and flu meds: Benadryl, Claritin, Claritin-D, Dimetapp, Zyrtec, Sudafed Sinus and Allergy, Tylenol Allergy Sinus, and Tylenol Cold & Flu, when taken with alcohol, will increase drowsiness, dizziness, and cause liver damage from drugs containing acetaminophen.

Cough syrup: Remember, many cough syrups like Robitussin Cough, Robitussin A-C contain up to 10 percent alcohol. Taking them with alcohol will increase side effect like drowsiness and dizziness.

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