Be Smart with Your Meds: Avoid Alcohol When Taking These Prescriptions

A lot of medications can interact with alcohol, and it’s important to know which medications to watch out for.


Some common medications that interact with alcohol include:


 Tylenol® (acetaminophen): The combination of alcohol and acetaminophen can potentially damage your liver so before mixing the two, please consult with your pharmacist.


       Aspirin® (acetylsalicylic acid or ASA) and Advil® (ibuprofen): There’s an increased risk of stomach bleeding when combining these over-the-counter pain medications with alcohol. Before mixing these painkillers with alcohol, please consult with your pharmacist.


       Antihistamines (such as diphenhydramine and chlorpheniramine): If you combine alcohol with allergy medications, it can lead to increased drowsiness. Please consult with your pharmacist before combining allergy medications with alcohol. 


       You should ask your pharmacist about these other prescription medications that may interact with alcohol*:


·         Opioids: (ex. morphine and oxycodone)

·         Antidepressants: (ex. amitriptyline and phenelzine)

·         Antidiabetics: (ex. insulin, metformin, and glyburide)

·         Blood pressure medications: (ex. prazosin and verapamil)

·         Anti-infectives: (ex. doxycycline, ketoconazole, and metronidazole)

·         Antipsychotics: (ex. chlorpromazine, quetiapine, and risperidone)

·         Sedatives: (ex. phenobarbital, diazepam, lorazepam, and zopiclone)

·         Immunosuppressives: (ex. methotrexate and tacrolimus)

·         Others: (ex. nitroglycerin, phenytoin, and warfarin)


Always ask your community pharmacist about alcohol safety and your medications.



*This list provides examples only and is not complete


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