Dr. Willenbring Cautions Consumers about Interactions between Alcohol and Medication
“As people get older, alcohol affects us more.”
In an article about the National Council on Patient Information and Education's efforts to remind patients, healthcare providers, and caregivers about the importance of paying attention to medication warnings (and not mixing them with contraindicated substances), Dr. Mark Willenbring was interviewed about the risks specific to aging populations. “As we age, we tend to accumulate chronic diseases and medications. The more medications that people take, the more likely there may be interactions,” Dr. Willenbring explains.
The article includes some straightforward tips people can take into account to prevent an adverse reaction between both prescription and over-the-counter medications and alcohol, such as:
- Be honest with your healthcare providers
- Ask questions about risks and side effects
- Use the same pharmacy so all medicines are tracked