Health Tip: Don't Mix Meds and Alcohol

Here's what can happen

(HealthDay News) -- The effects of alcohol can change as you age, causing problems when combined with some medications.

The Cleveland Clinic mentions these examples:

  • Combining alcohol with aspirin can increase the risk of bleeding in the stomach or intestines.
  • Antihistamines taken for allergies can make you quite drowsy if combined with alcohol.
  • Drinking alcohol while taking acetaminophen (the active ingredient in Tylenol) can damage the liver.
  • Drinking alcohol while taking medications that already contain alcohol, such as laxatives or cough syrups, increases the alcohol in your system.
  • Alcohol should never be taken with anxiety/depression drugs or sleep medication. The consequences could be deadly.
Diana Kohnle

Diana Kohnle

Published on March 25, 2015

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