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What Are the Deadliest Drug Combinations?

What Are the Deadliest Drug Combinations?People rarely take warning labels seriously. Because alcohol and various medications are legal, Des Moines residents may seem them as harmless. However they are drugs, and, when you combine drugs, severe consequences can occur.

Unintentional drug combinations are a common problem for adults over 50 years of age. More than half of older adults take five of more medications and supplements on a daily basis. Many times they are not checking these combinations with doctors. When putting any two drugs together, whether prescription, over-the-counter, alcohol or other, caution must be used.

Benzodiazepines and Alcohol

A Des Moines resident may drink alcohol to relax, and use a benzodiazepine such as Xanax or Valium to help them sleep. When under the influence of alcohol, they may forget how much of the drug they’ve taken, and overdose can easily occur. This is a potentially lethal drug combination and is likely to cause dizziness, confusion, impaired memory, irritability, aggression or coma. Both alcohol and benzodiazepines act as depressants and increase sedation.

Lisinopril and Potassium

Potassium might be recommended for patients on certain blood pressure and heart rhythm medications, but these recommendations should be closely checked and monitored by a health professional. Lisinopril (sometimes known as Zestril or Prinvill) is one blood pressure medication that, when combined with potassium, leads to irregular heart rhythms or death. The same can be true of certain over-the-counter decongestants.

Statins and Niacin

Using statins and niacin, both of which deal with assisting with cholesterol levels, can increase muscle pain. Fungal and yeast medications also can be dangerous to combine with statins and can have a negative impact on the kidneys.

Opiates and Alcohol

Opiates like morphine, codeine, OxyContin and the illegal drug heroin are often combined with alcohol. Users believe they find greater relief by coupling these drugs with alcohol, but this actually increases the sedative effects of both substances, and this can lead to both overdose and respiratory depression in Des Moines residents.

Where to Find Help for Des Moines Residents

If you or someone you know has questions about drug combinations, we can help. Call our toll-free number any time, as we are here 24 hours a day to answer your questions, listen to your concerns and provide helpful and friendly advice in a non-judgmental environment.