Health Tip: Alcohol Can Interact With
(HealthDay News) -- Over-the-counter medications may seem safer
because they don't require a prescription. But they can still
interact badly when alcohol enters the mix.
The American Academy of Family Physicians mentions these popular
medications that may have adverse effects if mixed with
- NSAID pain relievers, which may lead to gastrointestinal
bleeding if taken while consuming as few as two alcoholic drink per
- Acetaminophen, which may cause liver damage when taken with
- Some OTC antihistamines can make you drowsy when taken with
- Decongestants and cough medications that contain the cough
suppressant dextromethorphan can increase drowsiness when taken
- Herbal supplements, such as kava kava, St. John's wort or
valerian root, may increase drowsiness if taken with alcohol.
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