Drugs and alcohol – a dangerous combination.
In combination with certain medications a glass of wine at new year’s eve can turn from a festive attribute to the ticking time bomb. If you regularly or temporarily taking any medications, be sure to read the instructions in the paragraph about interaction with alcohol.
The fact that alcohol can not be combined with antibiotics, is the byword. But it is hard to reconcile with the over-the-counter drugs, with the usual pills from the home kit, and herbal remedies (St. John’s wort, chamomile, lavender).
Interacting with medication, alcohol may cause nausea and vomiting, headache, drowsiness, dizziness, fainting, jumps in blood pressure and loss of coordination. And this is only the visible symptoms! In the future, an explosive mixture of ethanol and medicines can cause liver damage, internal bleeding, impaired breathing and even death.
In some cases alcohol may reduce the effectiveness of drugs, making them useless. This is especially dangerous for chronically ill patients that must receive treatment regularly. In other cases, alcohol makes the drugs harmful or even toxic to the body.
Even small amounts of alcohol may increase the side effects of drugs. To avoid problems, it is important to observe the requirements specified in the instructions (even if you are taking harmless pills of Valerian!)
It is especially dangerous to combine alcohol with medications the elderly. First, they often take multiple drugs, and secondly, the alcohol they have absorbed not as fast as in young adults. It remains longer in the body and has a greater potential to interact with the active substances of medicines.
Hundreds of prescription and over-the-counter remedies can adversely interact with alcohol. Among them are cure the following diseases:
SARS and the flu;
Angina and ischemic heart disease;
Heartburn and indigestion;
High blood pressure;
High levels of cholesterol in the blood;
Nausea and motion sickness;
Pain, fever and inflammation;
Examples of the most popular prescription medications in combination with alcohol lead to side effects: a heart medication that can cause palpitations and sudden changes in blood pressure; nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, which can increase the risk of heart attacks, strokes, ulcers and gastric bleeding; blood-thinning medications that can lead to internal bleeding; medications for insomnia, which can lead to respiratory failure and unusual behavior.
Never combine acetaminophen with alcohol! This may lead to serious damage of the liver — acute liver failure.
How to avoid troubles in the New year
According to statistics cited by the journal “Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research”, 42% of people in the world periodically mix the drugs with alcohol, contrary to the instructions. Really all they are in mortal danger?
– This is largely dependent on duration of pill – says Aaron white, a specialist of the National Institute of alcohol dependence USA. – Be sure to ask your doctor or pharmacist how long your medication is excreted from the body. When it expires, the alcohol will not be so dangerous.
What to drink medicine for the holiday table?
Water and only water! If in the New year you decide to give up alcohol, it does not mean that the pills can be taken with anything. In citrus juices, for example, contains substances that enhance the effects of drugs. This is especially true of grapefruit, which literally turns the medicine into a poison. Tea, kissel, compote and coffee can affect the rate of absorption and excretion of active components from the body.
Milk is not friends with heart medications and antibiotics of the tetracycline group. Sweet carbonated drinks irritate the stomach, and it categorically is not recommended to combine with drugs that improve digestion or antibiotics.
So the New year has turned into a nightmare, and the morning of 1 January was a holiday, carefully read the instructions of their medication and observe them as a personal set of laws!
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