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What are examples of commonly used prescription drugs associated with serious alcohol interactions?

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Examples of commonly used prescription drugs associated with serious alcohol interactions include heart medications, which can cause rapid heartbeat and sudden changes in blood pressure; nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), which can increase risk of heart attacks, strokes, ulcers and stomach bleeding; blood-thinning medications, which can lead to internal bleeding; and sleep medications, which can lead to impaired breathing, drowsiness, motor control, and unusual behavior.

SOURCES:

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism: "Harmful Interactions: Mixing Alcohol with Medicines."

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration: "Alcohol, Medication, and Older Adults."

CDC: "Alcohol Use."

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on October 29, 2017

SOURCES:

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism: "Harmful Interactions: Mixing Alcohol with Medicines."

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration: "Alcohol, Medication, and Older Adults."

CDC: "Alcohol Use."

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on October 29, 2017

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