Home
Subscribe (free)
About NaturalNews
Contact Us
Write for NaturalNews
Media Info
Advertising Info

Health news

Pain Relievers and Alcohol -- A Potentially Risky Combination (press release)

Monday, July 24, 2006 by: NewsTarget
Tags: health news, Natural News, nutrition


Most Viewed Articles
https://www.naturalnews.com/019736_pain_alcohol_relievers.html
Delicious
diaspora
Print
Email
Share

You probably donít think twice about taking an over-the-counter pain reliever or having a glass of wine or two with dinner. But the combination of pain relievers and alcohol can pose health risks.

When taken as directed, pain medications are generally considered safe. However, problems can arise when they are taken more frequently or in larger doses than recommended or taken in combination with other drugs -- including alcohol.

The May issue of Mayo Clinic Health Letter recommends you consider these factors before deciding if itís safe to drink an alcoholic beverage while taking pain medications.

Do you take pain relievers or drink alcohol often? The risk of side effects from combining pain relievers and alcohol is greater if you take medication frequently or drink alcohol frequently.

Do you take high doses of pain medication? The risk of serious side effects from alcohol use increases when you take a high dose of a pain reliever.

Does the medication cause side effects? If youíre already experiencing side effects from pain medication, such as stomach upset or drowsiness, alcohol will only make these side effects worse.

Whatís your age? People over age 65 are at increased risk of adverse side effects from pain relievers. Plus, with age, your body processes alcohol more slowly, prolonging its effects.

Can you stop at one drink? Itís probably best to avoid alcohol altogether if you have difficulty stopping after one drink. The more you drink, the greater the risk.

Being cautious doesnít necessarily mean you can never have alcohol while you take pain medications. The amount you can safely drink varies. For example, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reports adults who take more acetaminophen than recommended -- more then 4,000 milligrams a day (eight 500-milligram tablets) -- and who drink three or more alcoholic drinks a day may be at increased risk of liver damage. The FDA also reports that people who take nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and drink more than three alcoholic drinks a day may be at increased risk of gastrointestinal bleeding.

The best advice is caution. The less you combine a pain reliever and alcohol, the better. Because prescription pain relievers contain more potent medication than do nonprescription pain relievers, itís generally recommended that you avoid alcohol when taking prescription pain medication.


Receive Our Free Email Newsletter

Get independent news alerts on natural cures, food lab tests, cannabis medicine, science, robotics, drones, privacy and more.


comments powered by Disqus


Natural News Wire (Sponsored Content)

Science.News
Science News & Studies
Medicine.News
Medicine News and Information
Food.News
Food News & Studies
Health.News
Health News & Studies
Herbs.News
Herbs News & Information
Pollution.News
Pollution News & Studies
Cancer.News
Cancer News & Studies
Climate.News
Climate News & Studies
Survival.News
Survival News & Information
Gear.News
Gear News & Information
Glitch.News
News covering technology, stocks, hackers, and more