'Tis the season for lots of eating and drinking, but
here's a warning:
Drinking even a little alcohol when you're taking
certain prescription and over-the-counter drugs can
be a health hazard.
Consumer Reports reveals the medications that don't
mix well with alcohol.
Here's more in today's On Your Side.
Drinking alcohol while taking medication is more common
than you think.
Maybe it might be one glass of wine or a Mimosa
I've had allergy medicine just a little while ago
and I've had a drink
Would I do it again? Ya, sure.
But some commonly used drugs when taken with alcohol
can make alcohol more potent.
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In other cases taking medication while drinking can
actually increase their effect or cause potentially
harmful side effects.
For example: anti-anxiety drugs like Valium or Ativan.
Taking them with alcohol can cause dizziness, drowsiness
or very slow breathing, and increases the risk of
The same goes for opioids like Vicodin, Percocet and
Mixing alcohol and antibiotics such as azithromycin
can cause nausea and vomiting.
And doxycycline can even reduce it's ability to fight
Many over-the-counter drugs can also interact with
Some antihistamines like Dimetapp, Zyrtec or Benadryl
Allergy can cause increased drowsiness.
Even common pain relievers like Advil or Tylenol can
be dangerous when taken with too many drinks.
The health risks can increase when people take more
than one medication.
Blood pressure medicines can cause various heart problems
when taken with alcohol.
And if you're on the blood thinner Coumadin and have
more than 3 drinks it could increase the risk of a
So if you're on medication think twice before you
reach for that drink.
Consumer Reports advises if you are taking any prescription
or over-the-counter drugs, consult with your doctor
or pharmacist about drinking.