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What is the harm in drinking alcohol when taking prescription medications?

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Dr. Matthew Smith
Psychiatry 40 years experience
Two problems: Alcohol and many medications interact in a manner that amplifies the drunkenness; depending on the amount of alcohol and medications, and the kind of medications, this can be or small increase in buzz, but reach proportions that the sedation becomes lethal. The other problem: alcohol can block or reduce the beneficial effect of medications. Don't forego medicines to drink, either!

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A 43-year-old member asked:

What exactly is the harm in drinking alcohol when taking prescription medications?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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The alcohol: May interact with the medication to increase side effects or may impact metabolism of the medication.

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