Q: If I am Taking Over-the-Counter or Prescription Medication, Do I Have to
Possibly. More than 100 medications interact with alcohol, leading to
increased risk of illness, injury and, in some cases, death.
The effects of alcohol are increased by medicines that slow down the central
nervous system, such as sleeping pills, antihistamines,
antidepressants, antianxiety drugs, and some painkillers.
In addition, medicines for certain disorders, including diabetes and heart
disease, can be dangerous if used with alcohol.
If you are taking any over-the-counter or prescription medications, ask your
doctor or pharmacist whether you can safely
drink alcohol. (See also Alcohol Alert No. 27:
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