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Alcohol / Drugs - Alcohol and Other Substances

Alcohol and Prescription Medications

Substance abuse can increase the risk of getting injured or becoming ill, especially if it is combined with the use of prescription medications. Here are some tips to help reduce the risk:

  • Read the labels of your medications and follow the directions. Contact your local Pharmacist if you have any questions regarding your medications.

  • Avoid alcohol and/or other drugs if your medication tells you to. Mixing them puts you at greater risk of injury and illness.

  • Follow Canada's Low-Risk Alcohol Drinking Guidelines. However, the following people should avoid alcohol use entirely:
    • Anyone who is pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or breastfeeding.

    • Anyone with certain health problems, such as liver disease or certain psychiatric illnesses.

    • Anyone taking certain medications, such as sedatives or painkillers.

    • Anyone with a personal or family history of a serious drinking problem.

    • Anyone operating a vehicle.

    • Anyone who needs to be ALERT - at work, or when they are responsible for the safety of others.

  • Tell your Health Care Provider if you have any food or medication allergies.

  • It’s a good idea to keep track of side effects and let your Health Care Provider know immediately.

  • Clean out your medicine cabinet at least once a year.

  • Never lend your medication to friends or family. They should always see their own Health Care Professional before taking any medication.

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