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Dangers of Mixing Rx Drugs with Alcohol

Dangers of mixing Rx drugs with alcoholIf you’ve ever consistently taken any over the counter or prescription medication, you’ve probably noticed multiple labels on the box, bottle or tube warning the user not to mix the drug with alcohol. While this is commonly disregarded by many, the act of intentionally mixing powerful prescription substances with alcohol is extremely popular among recreational drug users.

Mixing Alcohol with CNS Depressants

Many general anesthetics and anticonvulsants fall in the category of drugs commonly referred to as CNS depressants. CNS refers to the body’s central nervous system. Depression of the central nervous system involves a decrease in an individual’s rate of breathing and heart rate. Additionally, these types of medications are sometimes used to induce unconsciousness during invasive medical procedures.

Any beverage containing alcohol is a CNS depressant. Many people refer to alcohol as something that takes off the edge. For this reason, it has achieved widespread popularity in almost every modern culture and in unrivaled in its ability to affect individuals across the spectrum of culture and age. Generally, the effect of alcohol is felt when the substance spreads throughout the bloodstream. Depending on the individual and amount ingested, this usually leads to a calming effect accompanied by a general sense of wellbeing.

Alcohol and Prescription Drugs

Unfortunately because so many warnings accompany any use of prescription medications, they become easy to ignore. For this reason, warnings against the mixture of alcohol with other prescription substances are often ignored. Mixing the two is popular among recreational drug users, because alcohol intensifies the effects of many drugs. When an individual begins using drugs to provide feelings of euphoria and escape, mixing them with alcohol becomes an easy and inexpensive way to increase the desired effects.

Unfortunately, alcohol is one of the leading contributing factors in prescription-drug-related deaths. When individuals abuse prescription substances over long periods of time, it is not uncommon for them to become overly confident in their ability to differentiate between safe and unsafe dosages. The use of alcohol in addition to these drugs is usually ignored. This behavior is a risk factor and alters the perceived level of safety. This often leads in dangerous respiratory depression, coma, overdose or death.

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