The Dangers of Prescription Drugs and Alcohol

Combining prescriptions or using alcohol with a particular medication may inadvertently cause depression, anxiety, or physical health problems. Here are some tips.

  • Know that some medicines do not mix well with other medications, including over-the-counter medications and herbal remedies.
  • Note changes in body weight. These changes can influence the amount of medicine needed.
  • Read labels on medications carefully and follow the directions.
  • Look for pictures or statements that prohibit drinking alcohol while taking a certain medicine.
  • Talk to a health care professional about all medications, including prescription ones, over-the-counter medicines, and vitamins.

Go through the medicine chest and get rid of expired medicines regularly. The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office has a box where you can safely dispose of all unused and or expired medication.