Which of the following drugs can be fatal when mixed with alcohol?
Alcohol and Benzodiazepines
A symptom of rampant prescription drug abuse, benzodiazepines (Valium, Xanax and Ativan) are the most common drugs mixed with alcohol. Unfortunately, this combination is also one of the most lethal. Both alcohol and benzodiazepines slow down the central nervous system.
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Mixing Alcohol With Medicines
Mixing alcohol with certain medications can cause nausea and vomiting, headaches, drowsiness, fainting, or loss of coordination. It also can put you at risk for internal bleeding, heart problems, and difficulties in breathing.
Specifically, drugs that slow down breathing rate, such as opioids, alcohol, antihistamines, CNS depressants, or general anesthetics, should not be taken together because these combinations increase the risk of life-threatening respiratory depression.
Acetaminophen (Tylenol) is one of the most commonly used medications, so it's worth knowing the risks of combining it with alcohol. Mixing acetaminophen and alcohol can potentially lead to liver damage. Rarely, liver damage can be severe or even life-threatening.
The major causes of alcohol-related death are alcohol poisoning, cancer, car accidents, heart failure, liver damage, and violence.
Lethal reactions are those in which a drug reaction directly or indirectly caused death. These reactions are typically severe reactions that were not detected in time or did not respond to treatment.
There are three types of drug interactions: Drug-drug interaction: A reaction between two (or more) drugs. Drug-food interaction: A reaction between a drug and a food or beverage. Drug-condition interaction: A reaction that occurs when taking a drug while having a certain medical condition.
Mixing depressants and alcohol can make a person more intoxicated more quickly; this can lead to physical harm from falling after losing balance, becoming the victim of a crime like assault or rape, and overdose. Also, mixing other sedative-hypnotics with alcohol increases the risk of parasomnias.
But ibuprofen's prescribing information provides a warning — just like with other NSAIDs — that combining ibuprofen and alcohol may raise your risk of GI bleeds and stomach ulcers. GI bleeding is bleeding that occurs in your digestive tract.
Can you drink alcohol with antibiotics?
It's a good idea to avoid drinking alcohol when taking medicine or feeling unwell. But it's unlikely that drinking alcohol in moderation will cause problems if you're taking the most common antibiotics.
Mixing drugs from the same group can seriously increase the effects. Mixing grog with heroin can slow down your heart rate so much that you can stop breathing and die. Mixing speed with ecstasy can make your heart beat faster, you can get overheated, dehydrated and this can even cause death.
Drinking a small amount of alcohol while taking paracetamol or ibuprofen is usually safe. Paracetamol should be used with caution if you have certain health conditions, such as liver problems.
For more than a decade, heart disease and cancer have claimed the first and second spots respectively as the leading causes of deaths in America. Together, the two causes are responsible for 46 percent of deaths in the United States.
Alcohol abuse and alcoholism are major factors in the four leading causes of accidental death: car crashes, accidental drownings, burns, and falls. Alcohol is a factor in 20-35 percent of all suicides, and plays a role in domestic violence, as well as spousal and child abuse.
Long-Term Health Risks. Over time, excessive alcohol use can lead to the development of chronic diseases and other serious problems including: High blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, liver disease, and digestive problems.
The risk of a fatal adverse reaction is estimated to occur 1 : 170,000 times, much improved from the risk in the 1970s of 1 : 30,000.
Anaphylaxis. Anaphylaxis is a rare, life-threatening reaction to a drug allergy that causes the widespread dysfunction of body systems. Symptoms of anaphylaxis include: Tightening of the airways and throat, causing trouble breathing.
Overdose – a strong, sometimes fatal reaction to taking a large amount of a drug.
pharmacokinetic – defined as an alteration in the absorption, distribution, metabolism or excretion of one drug by another. This is the most common type of drug interaction.
What is a level 3 drug interaction?
Level 3 alerts are the least serious interactions which are presented as non-interruptive or information alerts.
Level 2 alerts are less serious, but still require action by the clinician in that the clinician is required to discontinue one or the other drug, or to select an override reason.
- True allergic reactions involving the immune system and IgE. (This occurs in a small percentage of people.)
- Non-allergic reactions. (These reactions do not involve allergy or immune reaction to the drug.)
A change in the way a drug acts in the body when taken with certain other drugs, herbals, or foods, or when taken with certain medical conditions. Drug interactions may cause the drug to be more or less effective, or cause effects on the body that are not expected.
Most drugs are absorbed into the blood and then travel to their site of action. Most drug interactions that are due to altered absorption occur in the intestine.