When you are prescribed medication by your doctor, it is important to follow their instructions closely for dosage and timing. Taking more or less of your medication than you should can interfere with its effectiveness and increase potential side effects. But what you may not have considered is whether it is safe to drink alcohol with your prescription. Many people experience adverse effects when they mix alcohol and prescription drugs, not realizing the probable interaction. You can protect yourself by getting to know more about alcohol's interaction with your prescription before taking a drink.
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What Are the Effects of Drinking Alcohol and Taking Prescription Drugs?
You probably already know that prescription drugs can have adverse side effects. What you may not know is that drinking alcohol with certain medications can amplify the effects or prevent your medication from working as well as it should.
Mixing alcohol with prescription drugs can lead to long-term health issues, such as:
- Brain damage
- Heart problems
- Internal bleeding
- Kidney damage
- Liver damage
Drinking while taking prescription drugs can also exacerbate mental health conditions or increase the risk of developing one.
Effects of Mixing Alcohol with Common Prescription
Many people combine alcohol and common prescription drugs without realizing it can put them in danger. Some may not realize there are alcohol interactions with certain medications, especially if the interactions resemble the effects of the medication. But others intentionally mix alcohol with prescription drugs to achieve an enhanced euphoria. Drinking alcohol while taking prescription drugs can be hazardous and even life-threatening, so it is vital that you learn how your medication interacts with alcohol.