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Is your medication affected by your alcohol intake?
THIS week: Cold and flu remedies.
AS TEMPTING as it is to have a hot toddy when you’re feeling under the weather, be careful if you’re taking cold and flu remedies, as these contain a variety of painkillers and decongestants which may interact with alcohol.
Those with codeine, for example, should be avoided as alcohol enhances the drug’s effects on the central nervous system, leading to extreme drowsiness, light-headedness and difficulty concentrating. Sleeping pills are also problematic: combining the two can cause strong feelings of a hangover, says Dr Niall Campbell, a leading consultant psychiatrist. Even a small amount of alcohol combined with sleeping pills can make you feel dizzy, confused or faint when you wake up. It can also be very dangerous.