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Can alcohol alter the effectiveness of medication?

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In some cases, alcohol interactions may lessen the effectiveness of medications. Or it could stop them from working altogether. In other cases, alcohol interactions may make drugs harmful or even toxic to the body.

Even in small amounts, alcohol may intensify medication side effects such as sleepiness, drowsiness, and light-headedness. These may interfere with your concentration and ability to operate machinery or drive a vehicle, and lead to serious or even fatal accidents.

Look at warning labels and ask your doctor or pharmacist if it's safe to use alcohol with any medications and herbal remedies that you take.

SOURCES:

Libby, P. W.B. Saunders, 2007. Braunwald's Heart Disease 8th Edition,

Mason, R. , 5th edition, Saunders, 2010. Murray and Nadel’s Textbook of Respiratory Medicine

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on December 28, 2018

SOURCES:

Libby, P. W.B. Saunders, 2007. Braunwald's Heart Disease 8th Edition,

Mason, R. , 5th edition, Saunders, 2010. Murray and Nadel’s Textbook of Respiratory Medicine

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on December 28, 2018

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