10 research on the impact of alcoholic beverages and certain diseases
Many people often think that a little drink can not harm medical therapy due to a disease that a person has and that the combination of alcohol and drugs is not harmful. Pharmacists say the opposite. For some, a negligibly small amount of alcohol enhances or completely destroys the effect of the drug, and sometimes it can cause negative consequences. Alcohol and drugs may interact even though they are not taken at the same time. You should always seek the advice of a professional, doctor and pharmacist on the composition of drugs and consumption with alcohol and be sure to read the instructions on the package. The best protection is to avoid a combination of drugs and alcohol.
- Contraceptive pills – alcohol stays longer in the body of women who use contraceptive pills. Alcohol does not reduce the effectiveness of the pill but can have other negative consequences. Too much alcohol for women can impair decision-making skills and reduce sexual inhibition.
- Therapy for diabetics – people should be especially careful when consuming alcohol as it can cause dangerous side effects. Alcohol can cause low blood sugar levels immediately after consumption, but also for the next 24 hours. The most commonly used oral antidiabetic in combination with alcohol can cause a serious side effect – lactic acidosis – which causes the accumulation of lactic acid in the blood and causes weakness (nausea, general weakness). Dizziness, nausea and extremely low blood glucose may occur.
- Drugs against digestive problems-patients who use protein pump inhibitors in the treatment of gastroesophageal reflux is not recommended to consume alcohol, although these drugs are not directly related to alcohol Larger amounts of alcohol relax the muscles between stomach and esophagus, increasing acid reflux (leading to heartburn upper chest and sour taste in the mouth). Avoiding alcohol is advised for people who have an ulcer because it slows down the healing of the ulcer. Some drugs with alcohol can cause a fast heartbeat and sudden changes in blood pressure.
- Medicines for infections – can cause heart palpitations, sudden changes in blood pressure, abdominal pain, liver damage or redness of the face if combined with alcohol.
- Anticoagulants – Alcohol increases the activity of the drug and thus increases the risk of bleeding. Cases of long-term alcohol intake with these drugs can cause the opposite effect (thrombus formation resulting in heart attack or stroke).
- Medications for the heart and high blood pressure-alcohol reduce the effect of beta-blockers that people use against arrhythmia, after a heart attack, chest pain, or are treated for heart failure. Patients taking medication for high blood pressure, stroke or congestive heart failure should avoid alcohol (because a sudden drop in blood pressure may occur when drowsiness, dizziness, fainting, confusion occur). Such manifestations are manifested when using nitroglycerin, drugs for the treatment of angina pectoris, isosorbide because in combination with alcohol a person can feel accelerated heart rate, sudden changes in blood pressure, fainting, dizziness and alcohol should then be absolutely avoided.
- Drugs for lowering cholesterol – a combination of alcohol and people who are on statin therapy (drugs for lowering blood cholesterol) leads to a large load on the liver. This happens because statin treatment is a potential burden on the liver, and due to alcohol consumption, the danger is even greater. Women should not ingest more than one and men more than two glasses of alcohol a day — during therapy. This should be taken seriously because liver problems do not cause any visible symptoms and can only be detected by testing liver function.
- Medications for an enlarged prostate – can cause dizziness, fainting or even light sensations.
- Sleep and tranquilizers – The most commonly used insomnia and tranquilizers are from the benzodiazepine group. Alcohol increases the sedative effect of drugs. It can cause severe drowsiness, which is a risk of falls and injuries at work. Blood pressure can be greatly reduced due to the intake of large amounts of alcohol. Breathing problems occur which can cause coma and fatal outcome.
- Antiepileptics and anxiolytics-combination of alcohol with these drugs is not allowed. There are a number of side effects (drowsiness, dizziness, increased risk of overdose, slow or difficult breathing, decreased motor control, unusual behavior and memory problems).