Friday 9 December 2016

Don't mix drink and medication

Published 12/01/2016 | 02:30

Mixing alcohol and medication can pose a risk
Mixing alcohol and medication can pose a risk

Pharmacists have warned about the dangers of drinking alcohol if your are on medications.

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"Alcohol can interact negatively with many over-the-counter and herbal remedies, as well as prescription medicines. In some cases, the result could be tiredness, light headedness or affected concentration levels," said Bernard Duggan of the Irish Pharmacy Union.

"In other cases, the reactions can be much more severe. For instance, it can lead to trouble concentrating, performing mechanical skills and driving, posing an even greater risk. A mix of alcohol and medication can also lead to falls and serious injuries, especially among people who may be taking a number of different medicines.

"Mixing alcohol with medicines may also make the medicine less effective," he added.

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