Even mixing legal drugs—like prescriptions and alcohol—can be life threatening. Find out how to protect yourself from making a deadly mistake.
Unwanted drug interactions are one of the leading causes of preventable deaths. People are quick to take medications prescribed to them, sometimes without disclosing to their doctor their drinking habits, herbal supplements or even their diet. This can stop your medications from working properly. But at its worst, this could cost you your life.
While there are countless drug combinations that can be negative, the following seven are the most harmful:
Alcohol and Benzodiazepines
Common benzodiazepines are Xanax, Klonopin, Valium or Ativan. These are prescriptions taken to help you relax, particularly if you are prone to anxiety or panic attacks. Doubling up on ‘benzos’ and booze to relieve stress invariably depresses the central nervous system and can even put you into a coma.
Alcohol and Opioids
People often take opiate painkillers, like OxyContin or Vicodin, with alcohol to experience a feeling of being ‘high’. But this can lead to respiratory arrest and overdose.
Alcohol and Antidepressants
Drinking while you are taking antidepressants can make your medication less effective while intensifying the feelings of depression that led you seek help. The combination can also lead to high blood pressure, seizures and risk of coma.
Alcohol and Stimulants
The danger of taking stimulants like cocaine or speed while drinking is that they conceal the effects of alcohol, leading you to drink more and putting you at risk of alcohol poisoning and overdose.
Warfarin and Aspirin
Warafin is an anticoagulant used to treat blood clots by decreasing the clotting proteins in your blood. This medication alone can cause severe bleeding but greatly increases when combined with aspirin. Eating leafy green vegetables or taking garlic supplements while using warafin also increases the potential for serious bleeding.
Lisinopril and Potassium
Potassium-rich foods like squash, sweet potato and yogurt can interact negatively with this blood pressure medication, leading to an irregular heartbeat.
Statins and Niacin
Prescribed to control cholesterol, statins cannot be taken alongside the vitamin B supplement niacin, because it can damage the muscular system.
Be vigilant in informing yourself how the medications you are taking interact with alcohol and your diet, and never take prescription drugs intended for someone else. Read the full story on dangerous drug cocktails here: 7 Deadliest Drug Combinations
Are you self-medicating or finding it difficult to stop drinking even while taking prescriptions that interact harmfully with alcohol? If the answer is yes, it is advised to seek treatment at a rehab centre that specialises in long-term recovery. Contact us today if you are ready to take action against a destructive habit.