medicines that cannot be combined with alcohol

Each drug has its own properties, contraindications and side effects. Some of the latter may be caused by the wrong combination of medication with vitamins, food, etc. In addition, there are categories that absolutely cannot be combined with alcohol.

Medicines for coughs and colds

If they are used at the same time as alcohol, the risk of overdose and the level of toxicity to the brain and other organs increase. In addition, often medicines for colds often consist of sedatives, painkillers, antihistamines. Their combination with alcohol can negatively affect the nervous system, writes Styler.


Most strong pain relievers contain certain opioid-type ingredients. Combining alcohol with these medicines can lead to depressed breathing. As a result of this side effect, breathing may stop altogether.

In addition, the combination of painkillers with alcohol increases the toxicity of both drugs and has a negative effect on the functioning of the liver and brain.

Medicines for diabetes and cholesterol

If you take these drugs along with alcohol, the likelihood of liver disease increases, because drugs against these diseases often have a negative effect on the main filter in the human body.

Antibiotics and antifungals

Patients often prescribe antibiotics for themselves as a method of self-treatment. However, this technique may not include all the risks. For example, antibiotics should not be combined with alcohol, as the risk of liver damage increases.

And antifungal medications combined with alcohol can cause flushing, nausea, and vomiting. More dangerous symptoms, however, are dilated blood vessels, low blood pressure, and a fast heartbeat.

Mental Health Medications

Such drugs strongly affect many systems of the body, so the combination with alcohol can increase the toxic effect. In addition, alcohol reduces the effectiveness of the mental health medication.

In addition, doctors warn that the combination can exacerbate the symptoms of mental illness and thereby level the results of treatment.


They are usually prescribed to suppress the patient’s anxiety state. As you know, for many alcohol can act in a similar way: a person relaxes and calms down. However, combining the drug with alcohol can doubly affect the nervous system and cause drowsiness, respiratory depression, unconsciousness and dangerous withdrawal.

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