Interactions Of Drugs With Alcohol

The organic chemical ethanol is commonly known as alcohol in the society. It is also available in various forms in the market and has different uses too. One of them are the alcoholic drinks and beverages that have the highest consumption rates than all other products. It is also used in various drugs and medicines that are used for treating diseases but contains little and significant amounts of it. Drinking alcohol has been playing a major role in the society and various cultures. Countries even have certain rules regarding its production and manufacturing.

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Effects on health

Taking larger quantities of alcohol has numerous effects on health of the people. There may be some short term effects as well as long term effects. Some short term effects include dehydration and intoxication while alcoholism and changes in the liver and brain’s metabolism are some of the long term effects of its consumption. Alcohol has also been found interacting some other drugs and medicines. Some of them being-

  • Isosorbide Nitroglycerin
  • Lorazepam
  • Buspirone
  • Clonazepam
  • Alprazolam

While some of them have mild interactions, some can even have serious effects and are not at all recommended to be taken with alcohol by the health experts.

Interactions with Xanax

Xanax is the brand name for alprazolam, which has benzodiazepine as its main constituent. It is a class of depressants that directly affects the central nervous system and the brain. Under prescription, the drug is used to treat anxiety and panic disorders. Xanax when taken along with alcohol can cause severe health issues including dizziness, slowed breath rate and difficulty in breathing, memory problems and unusual behavior, and increased risk in case of overdose. Taking both of them together possess a greater health risk and is even lethal at its worst.