Medication for the holiday table: the safety rules

In combination with certain medications glass of wine in the New Year's Eve can turn from a festive attribute bomb. If you regularly or temporarily taking any medication, be sure to review the instructions in the paragraph on the interaction with alcohol.

The fact that alcohol can not be combined with antibiotics - a byword. But it does not fit well with non-prescription drugs, and with the usual pills from a home first aid kits, and herbal remedies (St. John's wort, chamomile, lavender).

Interacting with drugs, alcohol can cause nausea and vomiting, headache, drowsiness, dizziness, syncope, blood pressure fluctuations and loss of coordination. And this is only the visible symptoms! In the future, an explosive mixture of ethanol and medicines can cause liver damage, internal bleeding, respiratory disorders and even death.

In some cases, the alcohol can reduce the effectiveness of drugs, making them useless. This is especially dangerous for chronic patients who must be treated regularly. In other cases, alcohol makes the drug harmful or even toxic to the body.

Even small amounts of alcohol can enhance the side effects of medication. To avoid problems, it is important to observe the instructions specified in the instructions (even if you are taking valerian harmless pills!)

It is especially dangerous to combine alcohol with medications to older persons. First, they often take multiple medications, secondly, alcohol have not digested as rapidly as in young adults. It stays longer in the body and has greater potential for drug interactions with active substances.

Hundreds of prescription and OTC may interact adversely with alcohol. Among them is a cure for the following diseases:

SARS and influenza;
Angina pectoris and coronary heart disease;
Heartburn and indigestion;
High blood pressure;
High cholesterol levels in the blood;
Nausea and motion sickness;
Pain, fever and inflammation;

Examples of the most popular prescription drugs are combined with alcohol leads to side effects: heart drugs, which can cause heart palpitations and sudden changes in blood pressure; non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, which can increase the risk of heart attacks, strokes, ulcers and stomach bleeding; blood-thinning medication, which can lead to internal bleeding; cure for insomnia, which can lead to respiratory failure and unusual behavior.

Never combine acetaminophen with alcohol! This can lead to serious damage to the liver - acute liver failure.

How to avoid trouble in the New Year

According to statistics given magazine ?Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research?, 42% of people in the world are periodically mixed drugs with alcohol contrary to instructions. Really all they are in mortal danger?

- In many ways, it depends on the time of action of tablets - Aaron White explains the expert of the US National Institute for alcohol dependence. - Be sure to ask your doctor or pharmacist period for which your medication excreted from the body. When it expires, the alcohol will not be as dangerous.

The wash down medication for the holiday table?

Water and water only! If the new year you decided to give up alcohol, it does not mean that the tablets can drink anything. The citrus juices, e.g., contains substances that enhance the action of drugs. This is especially true of grapefruit, which literally turns the medicine into a poison. Tea, jelly, juice, and coffee can affect the rate of absorption and elimination of the active components of the body.

Milk is not friendly with cardiac medications and antibiotics of the tetracycline group. Sweet drinks irritate the stomach, and it is strictly not recommended to be combined with drugs that improve digestion or antibiotics.

To the New Year does not become a nightmare, and the morning of 1 January was a holiday, carefully read the instructions of your medications and follow them as a personal set of laws!