Medications You shouldn’t Mix with Alcohol

Although some people swear by a hot toddy to cure a cold, experts say the mixture of alcohol and common prescription drugs can be dangerous.

In a Readers Digest article Aaron White, PhD, senior advisor to the director of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) said that the number of Americans ending up in the emergency room each year for alcohol and drug interaction is increasing.

Here are the notable medications that shouldn’t be mixed with alcohol,

  • Opioid based painkillers such as oxycodone. Mixing with alcohol has shown a 50% reduction in breathing within the first 30 minutes.
  • Sleeping pills. Benzodiazepines such as Valium and Xanax when mixed with alcohol can affect the central nervous system.
  • Anti-depressants. When combined with alcohol, a compound found in beer and red wine can create a dangerous spike in your blood pressure.

Other examples include allergy medicine, Acetaminophen, cold medicine, blood pressure medicine and antibiotics.