When you are prescribed various medications you will be given an information sheet detailing the potential risks and side effects, as well as substances to avoid.
Even consuming some herbal supplements, over the counter medication, or small quantities of alcohol while taking certain medications can cause significant health problems, including death.
Drugs, even prescription and over the counter medication, affect the body, including your breathing and heart rate.
When you mix different substances, they can counteract one another or interact and cause a problem in the body. Mixing prescriptions with other substances increases your risk of developing an addiction or abuse problem.
Increasing the High
Many people take more one drug in order to enhance the effects of the drug, typically the euphoria or high feeling. Often, this happens after the body has built up a tolerance to the drug. When a person has a higher tolerance, then he or she needs more of the substance to achieve the same effect.
Some people with a tolerance to a drug will take a higher dosage of the same medication in order to achieve the desired effects. However, some people choose to supplement with additional substances. When you do this, not only do you put yourself at risk of a harmful drug interaction, but you also put yourself at risk of an overdose.
When you take many similar substances, such as an opioid pain medication and heroin, you are providing your body with an increased amount of the same substance. At high levels, your body will not be able to handle it and you will find yourself overdosing.
Some people mix substances that provide different effects on the bodies, such as stimulates and sedatives. Instead of merely counteracting the effects mixing these substances actually increases the risk of having a significant problem.
When the body reacts to both a stimulant and a sedative at the same time, it can become overtaxing on the body and actually lead to a heart attack. Even mixing an energy drink with alcohol can cause this effect on the body, and it will be even more so with high doses of medication and drugs.
Alcohol and Prescription Medication
Many drugs have dangerous interactions with alcohol, so you should avoid drinking if you take certain medications including:
- Anti-anxiety medication
- Sleep medication
Many people take opioid painkiller medications with alcohol, and not consider the risk factor, even if a medical professional has warned them. Both painkillers and alcohol slow down your breathing and inhibit your coughing reflex. This enhances the effect, and puts you at a high risk of stopping breathing or choking on any vomit.
When consumed with sedatives, alcohol intensifies the relaxation of the body and increases the number of potential accidents and problems. Another reason drinking alcohol with prescription medication is dangerous is the metabolism in the liver, an effect that is most dangers with Xanax.
The body processes alcohol and Xanax similarly, so when they are consumed together, it can slow down the rate of detoxification and clearance. This means the drugs remain in the system longer at a higher concentration, increasing the risk of an overdose. Abuse of prescription medication can be dangerous on its own, and that danger is intensified when mixed with other drugs and addictive substances.
When you are prescribed medication, it is very important to tell your doctor about everything you are taking, including:
- Over the counter medication
- Herbal supplements
- Birth control,
- As well as your drinking habits.
You should also discuss the dangers and risks with your pharmacist. This will help you to avoid any accidental mixing of prescription drugs with other substances that can cause harm.
Mixing any stimulants together is a dangerous game, there is help out there, if you are struggling with drug addiction and dependency please reach out and get the help you need.