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3 types of drugs you should never mix with alcohol

Yukti Malhotra

Mixing alcohol and drugs is never a good idea, but people often tend to experiment with it. This article would make you stop doing it.

You’ve probably read “Do not drink alcoholic beverages while taking this medication” above some medications. Although it may seem like a precautionary measure, the label does not lie. Not only does mixing alcohol with drugs hinder the effectiveness of drugs, but in some cases it is also a lethal combination. The combination often leads to overdose, serious health problems, long-term organ damage and even dead. Here are three common types of drugs that you should absolutely avoid taking alcohol with:

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Antibiotics

Probably the combination we all know already. Mixing antibiotics with alcohol is always a bad idea. Alcohol affects the antibiotic’s ability to work properly, making it less effective in treating disease. It can cause sudden changes in blood pressure, headaches, flushing, liver damage, and rapid heartbeat. Moreover, it can cause upset stomach, dizziness and drowsiness. This also goes for any allergy, cold, flu, or cough medicine you take.

Over-the-counter (OTC) pain relievers

While it’s not healthy to mix alcohol with medication, over-the-counter pain relievers in particular have serious side effects. If you drink alcohol while taking any of the over-the-counter pain relievers, you may get sleepy and increase your risk of experiencing other side effects, such as nausea. Some combinations of alcohol and painkillers include risks of seizures, drowsiness, memory loss, breathing problems, or liver damage.

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Antidepressants

Never mix alcohol with antidepressants unless you want to make things worse. If you are being treated for depression or any other mental health condition such as bipolar disorder, anxiety disorder or post-traumatic stress disorder, you should limit or avoid alcohol. Antidepressants with alcohol impact your judgment, coordination, motor skills and reflexes more than alcohol alone could have caused. The combination also increases the tendency to suicidal thoughts and despair.

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