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Health Tip: Don't Mix Alcohol and Drugs

Health Tip: Don't Mix Alcohol and Drugs

11/05/10

(HealthDay News) -- It's never a good idea to drink alcohol while you're taking a medication, but there are certain over-the-counter drugs that can be particularly dangerous when taken with alcohol.

The American Academy of Family Physicians says these OTC medications should never be taken with alcohol:

  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen, aspirin or naproxen.
  • Acetaminophen (the active ingredient in Tylenol).
  • Antihistamines that tend to cause drowsiness.
  • Medications to manage cough and congestion that contain dextromethorphan.
  • Herbs, notably supplements that contain valerian root, kava kava or St. John's wort.
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Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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