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Accidentally mixing a potent prescription drug with alcohol is risky enough, but some people struggle with addiction to prescription drugs and may mix these with alcohol. Common side effects that can occur because of the mixture of prescription drugs with alcohol may include: Stomach upset, nausea, or vomiting; Drowsiness, fatigue, or excessive sleep. 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. Mixing anti-anxiety and epilepsy medications with alcoholic beverages can cause slowed breathing, impaired motor control, abnormal behavior, and memory loss. If you are being treated for an anxiety disorder or epilepsy, avoid alcohol if you take any of the following medication. Mixing alcohol and other medications may have short-term side effects like drowsiness, nausea, and vomiting.” HERE ARE SOME OF THE MOST COMMON DRUGS TYPES ONE SHOULD NOT MIX WITH ALCOHOL. Allergy, Cold, and Flu Medications. You should avoid drinking if taking allergy medications and any multi-symptom cold and flu formulation.

When taken with over-the-counter drugs and prescription medications, alcohol can reduce the effectiveness of these medications and lead to significant interaction effects that can be potentially dangerous. When mixing alcohol with illicit drugs, the effects will vary depending on the major action of the drug. While it’s known that mixing alcohol with antiretrovirals isn’t toxic, one study in the Journal of General Internal Medicine showed that nearly half of all HIV-positive people have reported skipping or stopping their meds while drinking, which ultimately had an effect on their T-cell count and viral suppression. Mixing them with alcohol may only increase that sedation. cites common side effects that can occur due to mixing prescription drugs with alcohol. Those interactions can cause the alcohol to have a greater effect, increase the risk of drug side effects, or make the medication too powerful, says Aaron White, Ph.D., co-author of the study and. Only a few classes of antibiotics should be avoided when drinking alcohol.

It is crucial to completely avoid drinking when taking the following antibiotics [ 6 ]: Metronidazole – the side-effects include flushing, breathlessness, headache, increased or irregular heart. Although doctors do not advise mixing medicines with alcohol, only a few are actually affected by the combination with alcohol. The fact is: antibiotics have different routes of leaving the body.

They are broken down by the liver, excreted in the urine or passing straight through in the feces.

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Mixing medications, taking medications with alcohol, and misusing alcohol or drugs are also concerns.

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Older adults may be on multiple medications, which can interact adversely with alcohol (e.g., benzodiazepines, antidepressants, antihypertensives, pain relievers, aspirin).

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Antipsychotic medications do not mix with alcohol.

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Patients should be advised to avoid alcohol when taking benzodiazepines because the combination will cause greater CNS depression than either drug alone.

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Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) such as fluoxetine (ProzacÒ) and sertraline (ZoloftÒ) may offer short-term reductions in alcohol consumption among heavy users.

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However, it is important to remember that it can be dangerous to mix benzodiazepines with alcohol-this can lead to respiratory depression and death.

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Medications which may adversely interact with alcohol include antidepressants, antihistamines, some cardiovascular medications, some antipsychotic medications and pain killers containing codeine.

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Mixing alcohol and prescription medications can further elevate suicide risk.

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Individuals should not take alcohol or other CNS depressants (e.g., narcotic analgesics, barbiturates) with antipsychotics because additive depression is likely to occur.

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There are inherent dangers when patients mix alcohol with other central nervous system (CNS) depressants, such as narcotics, sedatives, or benzodiazepines.

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  • A doctor told me to not drink while on antibiotics but a random dude on youtube told me Yea Nah.. Who should i trust i cant decide

  • So does grapefruit efect pills like xtc 2cb? Cause im on that shit right now and had about 0.5 l of grapefruit before. My friend sayed it wasn’t smart after i did it. I didn’t know.

  • Let’s say you drink beer and then a few minutes later you take sleeping pills. Is that bad? I know mixing these are bad, but waiting a few minutes later and taking the pill. That’s bad right?

  • Please, do not mix any alcohol, not even 1 beer with zoloft. You will experience a 7 day hangover, elevated pancreas and liver enzymes and panic attacks so severe that will end you in the emergency department. I tried that last week, just 1 beer, felt great while I drank, in fact I wanted to continue. Oh my God, if only I knew the horrible next few days. Huge price to pay for maybe an hour or two of feeling great.

  • Gonna stop what I thought was healthy smoothies, been smashing kale and spinach down for. Months, i wanted to k ow if i can drink on sertraline/ zoloft it didnt get an answer

  • Great video, and thank you for the information. Do you know what the effects are if you smoke marijuana combination with antibiotics? Asking for a friend:)

  • I drank alcahol accidentally once while taking Terbinafine for fungal nails. I got rashes and hives! Completely forgot what the doctor told me about drinking.

  • has to be white grapefruit. not all grapefruit. most potent as a juice from concentrate. If you take it with opioids like hydrocodone it can greatly increase its potency. it essentially inhibits a certain enzyme in your stomach causing it to metabolise differently into a stronger longer lasting opioid. some drugs rely on that enzyme like allegra for example so it has the opposite effect and essentially makes it inert. I have severe pain and have been taking opioids for years and on really bad days I would use grapefruit to help get through it better.

  • I take ADHD medication because of my disorder, vyvance to be specific. I usually go out with friends and I’m getting skeptical on wether I should drink. I also want to know if I drink in moderation would I be ok

  • Waiting a while? HAHAHA good joke.
    I have 2 diseases and one back problem and i take about 15 pills a day. The disease are not curable. I always wanted to go to parties and drink with my friends…

  • Currently on Amoxicillin and ear drop antibiotics. Been looking at my bottles quite thirsty. After seeing this video I have decided it is time to chug them down. Wish me luck

  • My husbnd take whisky everday at afternoon and night. And at night after diner he took antibotics daibeties mediecn. Pls any one say its is dangerious

  • I take 300mg of Quetiapine daily, have done for about 4 months.

    2 nights ago I went out and I did not take my medication, I drank 9 or 10 southern comforts mixed with lemonade.

    Yesterday I was very very very very unwell, alcohol poisoning.

    Anything I drank or ate came back up even with no alcohol in my system. I know this is what happens when you get drunk, but not to that extent.

    Be careful when mixing medication with alcohol! Even if you havent had the medication it’s still in your system.

  • I mixed wine and beer the following morning I had a bad headache so I took zapain codeine to ease my headache, jn the next 2 hours I fainted and throw up, my headache is back and my stomach is turning I feel like vomiting, I have a feeling it’s the combination that has become poisonous

  • Great video:)
    I may add a few additional facts too:

    1) Don’t take antibiotics if you are healthy, that’s one of the easiest ways to breed antibiotic-resistant bacteria (the other way is to stop an antibiotic treatment of a bacterial infection halfway)

    2) Being intoxicated adversely affects your decision-making abilities and may cause you to miss an antibiotioc dose or two, which may cause some of the bacteria to adapt and you having resistant bacteria to deal with

    3) If you are sick enough to need antibiotics, getting intoxicated isn’t going to help your body

  • hmmh. I wonder if there’s anything I’ve missed.
    I’m on ‘potassium sparing’ medication, I know, which means I have to be cautious with foods containing a lot of potassium…
    Though I’m probably forgetting a few besides banana…

    mmh. So many unpredictable interactions…
    How are you even supposed to know what you need to ask your doctor about and what you don’t?

    I rather doubt many people would think to ask if eating grapefruit (or in my case, a banana) is a potential hazard…

  • Drinking a beer after a workout doesn’t sound amazing…you shouldn’t drink beer after a long run.”
    laughs in New Belgium finish line

  • Antibiotics kill all the friendly bacteria as well as the bad bacteria in your gut… Antibiotics should only be taken as a last resort.

  • I was stupid and didn’t stock up before all the liquor stores started closing early because of the stupid virus. All I had left in my house a cheap ass fifth of RnR whiskey and drank half of it two days ago some more yesterday and tonight I barley had any left. There was about 2 and a half shots left in the bottle. So I said fuck that I’m getting drunk no matter what so I took a bottle of Robitussin added about to shots of it to the glass the took the RnR and added all that was left in the bottle and holy shit and gulped that entire thing down and in about one minute I was swimming like a motherfucker. don’t let the fear of this video scare you yes mixing alcohol with cough syrup of any kind can be dangerous if you do alot under the right conditions. But once in a while it’s just a damn good drunk. I mean take a look at all those dumb ass rappers that drink that Lean shit. Perscription strength cough syrup mixed with soda and sometimes they even add Percocet. If those motherfuckers can drink that shit and still manage to wake up alive in the morning then y’all should be fine mixing some liquor with some cough syrup. Hell I’d even say that’s the lesser evil since alcohol is way less damaging them percs

  • Note: mixing alcohol with certain pain killers, like ibuprofen, can cause stomach ulcers. so remember just because most antibiotics are safe, does not mean all meds are safe. be smart dont drink while on meds ;p

  • 2:27 Does eating food with high content of iron such as liver or blood sausages change the way our own liver metabolize toxins and drugs? I saw that liver also contain high levels of vitamin K.

  • So we are given drugs to treat symptoms caused by man made chemicals so we can go on eating more man made chemicals. Brilliant. Any medical prescription that says avoid kale is complete BS.

  • Sugar feeds bacteria if you have a bacterial infection it seems logical to cut down on sugar in fact that’s how ancient people delt with bacterial infections they took herbs and fasted. And how according too science we know it’s super effective and antibiotics have serious side effects wiping out your microflora allowing fungus too grow on a HIGH refined sugar diet SAD diet. You debunked yourself at the end of the video.

  • Drinking a large amount of liquid (water, beer, milk, OJ) flusher out any water soluble medication from your system much faster than normal, so whilst on a drinking session the antibiotic level in your blood is reduced to a much lower level. I’ve never drunk a gallon of water, milk or OJ in the same day but a couple of times a year Ill drink a gallon of beer in one night.

  • i was sick and on penicillin last year and i had a big vacation planned and my doctor told me to drink whatever i liked while on it lol

  • Other medications, (the use of the word medication not being limited to anti-Bionics ) can have strange effects on alcohol too,
    some drugs can make it physically impossible to get drunk,

    Great i hear you think, problem is people stop drinking when night is over or they feel drunk and had enough, if you never felt drunk you would kill yourself with alcohol toxicity, where you body could not get rid of the toxin and it would kill you.

    so in case you still reading wondering what drug this is that cause that i can say from personal experience, that “IM NOT TELLING “, to keep all you lovely people safe, and if you cant get drunk whats the point of drinking alcohol anyway, might as well enjoy a nice alcohol free larger, tastes just as good anyway

  • It’s just so stupid.

    Why would anyone drink such a think which has no benefits?

    Just stop drinking this worthless liquid and you’re all good.

  • So you say its ok to drink on antibiotics, REALLY, you’re liver will be swollen, you’re kidney will run overtime, and you are just stupid, maybe tell everybody to shoot heroin because it’s the best drug ever. And also, people after seeing this will drink on antibiotics, fuckin idiot

  • 120 Aspirin pill with alcohol melted on spoon and then into the syringe, 120 pill may not work on every doses, has to be over 200 pill (good luck with Overdose, if it didnt work out on your dose, you will get fucked at hospital for 3/4 days) -_-

  • Anxiety pills make you feel clumsy or shaky. Not sure if it’s good but I’ve taken all the medications he mentioned with alcohol lol

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  • Reason why I came here is because I’ve suffered from “Hangxiety” day after drinking on Anti Depressants. I spoke to my psychiatrist he said mixing a Anti depressant with a depressant crashes together and gives you that bad feeling the next day

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  • I’m not supposed to have grapefruit with my synthroid medicine for raising my thyroid hormone. But grapefruit flavoured beer is soooo good. And grapefruit flavoured soda. But I usually limit myself to one if I’m ingesting anything with grapefruit.

  • Cocaine and alcohol or Any Uppers like Amfetamines,meth,mdma When you mix it; It makes you really good because Uppers Increase Dopamines levels.Also alcohol Increase dopamin but Uppers Blocked dopamin receptors, All the dopamin in your brain makes you Powerfull.Weed And Alcohol makes you Depressed because Alcohol is sedative and depressant,weed is Downer.Think about celebrity Musicians.They drank Really much But Combinate with cocaine You felt Ephoriac:)

  • Can you guys clear these misconception about ‘drinking icy water while taking medicine reducing the effectiveness of the medicine compared to the plain, warm water’ in your future video?

  • I mixed 0.5mg of xanax (which is also a gaba inhibitor, just like alcohol) while using metronidazole (a common antibiotic used for people allergic to penicillin) and my resting heart rate went up to 180bpm!!! I had to be rushed to ER and almost got my stomach pumped! Not a fun experience!Be very careful with what you mix with certain antibiotics!!! please!

  • I already mixed benzodiazepine with 6 shot of vodka (which normally alone is not enough to make me drunk) I completely forgot that I took these meds…
    Low heart rate, drowsy like opiates then black hole, but I had chance Cause I could have died. Benzo mixed with alcohol is really dangerous.

  • You should not debunk scientific thought on myth but scientific research. This is dangerous thinking.when drugs are going through drug trailers they,most scientists dont put alchol as a factor.plz consult health professions before making such to a pharamacist e.t.c

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  • Why don’t doctors prescribe lower doses of medication plus a grapefruit? It has to be a lot healthier for humans and less drugs are needed which would save recourses. I suppose there is less profit for large companies doing it that way! And that obviously comes before the health of the human race! It is a mad mixed up world that we live in.

  • most of the time when i do mix i mix mdma (xtc) with alcohol i always smoke.ike 2 packs of cigarrets in 1 night when im off the pills haha

  • I’ve mixed Vodka with Oxy, vicoden, Tylenol, NyQuil, DXM, benadrly, Ambien and about 44 other things and I am still alive and bouncing from orgy to orgy…

  • for quite a professional video im surprised you havent changed the screen colour as you can see a green glow on your face from the curtain… lol

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  • I drank a margarita and as I usually do i took a melatonin pill. I didn’t drink too much and melatonin is natural so I think I’m good

  • my doctors actualy told me its because antibiotics makes your liver and kidneys work harder to filter the antibiotics and my drinking causes them to work harder then they already are while on antibiotics….so it can be more harmful to your liver/kindeys and more likely to worsen their conditions (but might be because i have existing conditions with my liver to begin with)

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