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What Are the Risks of Mixing Alcohol and Prescription Drugs?

What Are the Risks of Mixing Alcohol and Prescription Drugs?

Mixing alcohol with prescription drugs is a recipe for disaster. A person should never drink while taking prescription drugs because of the risky interactions which can take place. If a person is not sure whether certain drugs are safe to take while drinking, it is best to avoid alcohol altogether.

Alcohol and Narcotics

Narcotic painkillers are very serious drugs. They bring relief to many people with serious or chronic pain. Some people abuse medications to get high and even add alcohol to that mix. Vicodin and alcohol can intensify the dangerous side effects of medication. These include dizziness and drowsiness, poor coordination, shallow breathing, and a loss of consciousness. Not all prescription drugs have one ingredient. Some have many, which can combine with alcohol to not only damage the liver but lead to life-altering consequences.

s, but also acetaminophen. Alcohol and acetaminophen when used together can cause serious damage to your liver. You should never drink if you take acetaminophen regularly.

Alcohol and ADHD Medications

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) impacts many people over the course of their lives. Medications for the disorder can help people focus, act less impulsive, and be calm. Many students abuse ADHD medications to study more efficiently. The drugs help them stay away but the habit is dangerous because, when combined with alcohol, it becomes addictive. Adderall and alcohol in combination can cause intensification in the stimulant effects of the drugs and impact of the alcohol. Adderall or other stimulants may lead to severe consequences as a person may not know how much they have drunk and end up with alcohol poisoning.

Seeking Help

Combining alcohol with prescription drugs is risky and life-threatening, in some cases. Unless a person knows for sure it is safe to do it, the best bet is to avoid drinking any alcohol while taking prescription medications. If a person is abusing alcohol and prescription drugs, it is best to seek help for the addiction or ask a loved one to support the journey to recovery. There are many therapies that can support recovery from addiction including inpatient, outpatient, aftercare programs, support groups, and 12-step style groups that will provide community support from those who also struggle with addiction.

Serenity Oaks provides an intensive 5 week program to support your sobriety and recovery from addiction. We aim to provide a space where you can find out how and why you have struggled with addiction. Our therapeutic and medical support are just one of the tools we provide to help set you up for success in recovery. Call us to find out how we can help you get started: 844-720-6847.

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