Many medications come with warnings against taking them with alcohol. Some may cause excessive drowsiness, resulting in dangers while driving a car or using electrical equipment. Others can interact with alcohol to form toxins that can damage your liver or kidneys. Some medications can reach toxic levels in your bloodstream when taken with alcohol. Alcohol can decrease the benefits of other medications, leaving you without their desired effects. Read on for the scoop on several medications that should never be taken with alcohol, and the reasons for this warning.
15. Allergy Medications
Seasonal allergies can cause miserable symptoms of itching, sneezing, and congestion. You may wonder if it is safe to sip your favorite alcoholic beverage while taking allergy medications. Unfortunately, most allergy medications contain antihistamines. Antihistamines work by blocking the effects of histamine, which is released by your immune system in response to allergens. Side effects of antihistamines include drowsiness, dizziness, and dry mouth. All of these side effects can be compounded by alcohol. The depressant effects of alcohol combined with the sedating effects of antihistamines mean you should avoid alcohol while taking these meds.
14. ADHD Medications
While alcohol is a depressant and medications that treat ADHD are stimulants, both have direct effects on your central nervous system. The combination of the amphetamine components of ADHD medications with the depressant effects of alcohol can lead to dizziness, drowsiness, and impaired judgment. Additionally, combining alcohol with stimulant medications can increase your risk of seizures, high blood pressure, and heart attack. To protect your heart, avoid drinking alcohol if you are taking medications for ADHD.