Nobody likes to get sick, but as it is part of our nature, occasionally we will catch something and will need the wonders of medicine to set us back on track. Usually, we’re not going to be in touch with severe diseases that could pose a risk to our life. You obviously know how unpleasant it can be to get sick which is why the second it happens we’re always trying to get better as fast as we can.
However, we like to continue with our usual life while we’re dealing with any illness, sometimes, we even try to force our bodies to endure our regular routine when in fact we should be resting and taking our medicine.
One of the things that we should completely avoid is drinking alcohol. Depending on the type of medicine we’re taking its side-effects could vary, but as you can very well imagine, they’re never any pleasant, and in some cases, they could lead to an even worse situation than the one you started with, or in the worst case even death.
Here are some reasons why you should always avoid drinking alcohol when you’re taking medicine.
Dizziness and drowsiness
Some of the lightest side-effects of alcohol consumption while taking medicine can be noticed when we take cough syrup. An overwhelming feeling of lethargy could overtake you and our concentration and analytic skills will probably become compromised. This, given the wrong situation could result in serious danger. For example: crossing the street, driving a car or working with heavy machinery.
Irreparable liver damage
Mixing alcohol with meds can cancel the effects of the medicine on your body and therefore interrupt the healing process. It can also cause you serious liver damage as it is in the case of taking Acetaminophen, yeah, that white pill you always take when you’re getting a headache, or something is hurting, can harm you badly. Of course, this doesn’t mean that a single drop of alcohol will destroy your liver when mixed with acetaminophen, but having an average of 3 drinks a day while taking it will certainly lead to negative effects that could also include internal bleeding, ulcers and rapid heart beating.
It’s best to get better first so you can go back to the booze (keep in mind that alcohol is not very healthy either).
It can affect your blood pressure and induce stomach pain
In the case of some antibiotics such as Flagyl, Zithromax or Nizoral, taking any amount of alcohol is already setting up the perfect situation in your body for severe stomach pain, headache, vomit and even tachycardia along with blood pressure problems and liver damage.
While there are a fair amount of antibiotics that won’t react violently with alcohol, you should never take the risk and ideally should always consult first with your doctor, or just avoid drinking completely until the treatment has been completed. Better safe than sorry.
Increased risk of heart problems
Major issues such as a heart attack or internal bleeding can happen when you mix alcohol and blood clot medicine or medicine to increase concentration and attention. Similar side-effects can occur if combined with Diabetes medicine which could also lower your sugar levels dangerously, something that could obviously lead to even worse health problems.
In some cases, it can cause death
The side-effects of consuming alcohol while taking prescription pain medication such as Demerol, Percocet or Vicodin can be extremely severe. Symptoms can go from difficulties to breathe, impaired motor control, and memory loss to death.
Several medications should never be mixed with alcohol. Regardless of how good you might feel, or whatever the occasion to celebrate or mourn is, it will never be worth it to risk your life and your health like that.
Generally, the consumption or intake of alcohol while going under any sort of medical treatment that involves medicine should be avoided at all costs. Though some of its side-effects can be diminished or spared when regulating the amount of alcohol that is being taken, it would be highly dangerous for you to risk your own life for a couple drinks that aren’t necessary.
No matter what type of medicine you’re currently taking or will take in the future, always visit your doctor and ask for professional advice. It might very well be that nothing will happen to you or your health based on the treatment you have to follow, but as we’ve mentioned before, it’s just never worth it to risk your health or life unnecessarily. From a simple headache or stomach ache to life-threatening situations, it’s not necessary to risk it.
If you’d like to suggest any other reasons why one should avoid drinking alcohol while taking medicine, or if you’d like to ask us a question about this topic, please feel free to leave a comment below.