As a society, Americans are far too reliant on pills and substances to fix everything from bouts of anxiety to an occasional sleepless night. When substances and drugs are combined, the consequences can be dangerous and sometimes deadly.
All medications have side effects and there is no such thing as an absolutely safe one. The most common drugs that are misused are sedatives and sleeping pills. One of the biggest dangers often comes about when a person combines alcohol with a sleeping aid medication or pain killers.
Some other drug interactions that are dangerous are prescription sleep medication mixed together with the anti-anxiety drug, Xanax. Over the counter sleep aids usually contain acetaminophen, which is the main ingredient in Tylenol, and that can cause trouble if a person has already taken their quota of Tylenol in the same day.
Adding to the problem of drug interactions and additive effects is that most people don’t go strictly to one doctor or one pharmacist anymore. Therefore, you do not have one individual monitoring all the medications for safety that a person is taking. A person may be taking antidepressants from one doctor, sleeping pills from another, pain killers from another source and also drink alcohol on top of that. The only person who will be aware of this mixture is the individual themselves.
Ensure that, if you take any of the sedating or anti-anxiety medications, you follow all precautions and don’t exceed recommended dosages. If you have any concerns about possible interactions, call your doctor and pharmacist. With any medication of this nature, do not drink alcohol. It can have an additive effect in combination and the results can be fatal.