Health Tip: Alcohol and Many Medications Don't Mix

The combination can cause serious interactions

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(HealthDay News) -- Sometimes it's easy to forget that many over-the-counter or prescription medications can cause serious interactions if taken with alcohol. If you're taking any prescription or OTC drug, check with your doctor before you have a drink.

Here is a list of medications that can cause dangerous interactions with alcohol, courtesy of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism:

  • Sleeping pills.
  • Antihistamines, commonly taken for allergies, colds, and congestion.
  • Pain relievers.
  • Anti-anxiety drugs.
  • Antidepressant drugs.
  • Some medications used to treat diabetes, hypertension, and heart problems.

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