How Does Alcohol Interact With Prescription Drugs?

Prescription Drugs And AlcoholWhen you’re taking prescription medications (as well as some over-the-counter drugs or herbal remedies) keep in mind that drinking alcohol may cause or increase harmful effects. Alcohol and medications mixing together can lead to many problems, including drowsiness, dizziness, and fainting. A driver may experience impairment of coordination, and the risk of accident may be increased. It’s not unusual for a car accident to be caused partly due to a person drinking alcohol while taking other medications. One has to be careful when drinking alcohol after taking medication. It is a good idea to read warning labels and talk with pharmacists and/or doctors to determine whether or not it’s dangerous to drink alcohol while on a certain medication. Medications to pay particular care with include: pain medications, muscle relaxers, anti-anxiety medications, and sleep aids.

If you admit to taking medication to a police officer, it may trigger a hyper critical critique of everything you do or say. Even if you have not been drinking at all, an officer can try to accuse you of being impaired just on your medication.  The procedures officers use to form these opinions are not scientific and can be used to railroad you into jail. Volunteering information to police officers about your prescribed medications is usually a bad idea. Sometimes officers will draw conclusions that are not in your best interests if you admit taking medications or if they see medication bottles in your vehicle.

If you’ve been accused of driving under the influence of drugs by law enforcement, you need to defend those charges with a smart defense, call the law office of Jim Medley & Associates at (713) 668-2394.