Mine are here:
But these rebuttals:
What to do? What to do?
Well you could ask our fucking failures of stroke associations to write up a stroke protocol on alcohol, but that will never occur. Once again you are completely on your own, your doctor will never suggest any amount of alcohol could be good, no matter what the research says.
While an alcoholic beverage now and then may be just what the doctor ordered, mixing booze with certain drugs can cause serious side effects. In fact, just one glass of wine or beer can be dangerous when taken with certain prescription and even over-the-counter medications.
“I’m often asked whether it’s safe to mix alcohol with prescription drugs and my answer is that you have to use common sense,” says Dr. Gregory Smith, author of “The American Addict” and a noted pain management specialist.
“No one should ever drink large amounts of alcohol when taking prescription medications especially opioids, anxiety pills, or sleeping pills. All of these drugs are sedatives and mixing them with alcohol can cause profound drowsiness, respiratory depression and even death.”
“But if you know a glass or wine or beer doesn’t affect you adversely, then go ahead and enjoy in moderation,” he says.
Here’s a list of the most common drugs that don’t mix with alcohol:
1. Pain meds, sedatives, and sleeping pills. Some examples are Percocet, Vicodin, Demerol, Valium, Ativan, Klonopin, Ambien, and Lunesta. As Smith points out, the side effects include drowsiness, impaired motor control, memory lapses, difficulty breathing and in rare cases, serious harm or death.
2. Arthritis meds. Examples include Celebrex, Naprosyn and Voltaren. Potential reactions include ulcers, stomach bleeding, liver damage, and with Celebrex, increased risk of cardiovascular events.
3. Blood clot meds. Coumadin may react with alcohol to increase the risk of internal bleeding, according to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). The combination can also have the opposite effect causing blood clots, stroke or heart attack, says Dr. Amy Tiemeier, associate professor of pharmacy practice at St. Louis College of Pharmacy. “Even social drinkers should be very careful when taking Coumadin,” she tells Newsmax Health.
5. Diabetes meds. Examples are Glucotrol, Glynase, Micronase, and Diabinese. Alcohol can cause blood sugar levels to fall dangerously low and result in a “flushing reaction” that involves nausea, vomiting, headaches and a racing heartbeat, says Smith.
OVER THE COUNTER MEDICATIONS
6. Nonprescription pain meds. Common culprits are Tylenol, Aleve, Advil, Excedrin, and Motrin. Potential reactions with alcohol include upset stomach, bleeding and ulcers, rapid heartbeat, and liver damage — especially with Tylenol and Excedrin, which are acetaminophen.
7. Allergy and cold meds. Combining alcohol with products like Benadryl, Claritin, Claritin-D, Dimetapp, Zyrtec, Sudafed Sinus and Allergy, Tylenol Allergy Sinus, and Tylenol Cold & Flu can cause increased drowsiness, dizziness, and potential liver damage, if the product contains acetaminophen. The NIAAA recommends that you read the label on the medication bottle to find out exactly which ingredients are present and ask your pharmacist if you have any questions about how alcohol might interact with a drug you are taking.
“Patients who combine the two should never drink and drive or operate heavy machinery afterward,” says Tiemeier. Cough medicine may also contain codeine, a narcotic, which results in double the trouble.