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

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
The alcohol: May interact with the medication to increase side effects or may impact metabolism of the medication.

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What exactly does drinking alcohol do to someone on medications?

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Dr. Evans Prieston
Pharmacology 44 years experience
Alcohol and Medicati: The answer really depends on the other medications. If the other medication(s) are central nervous system depressants, mixing with alcohol can be dangerous or even deadly. Some medications can have an additive liver toxicity when mixed with alcohol. Just to be on the safe side, avoid mixing medications with alcohol.
A 36-year-old member asked:

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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