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Mixing Alcohol and Mucinex

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Over-the-counter medications are common in our society. Things like Nyquil and Mucinex are taken regularly to deal with a cold. As a result, people don’t think twice about mixing alcohol and Mucinex.

But, substances like Mucinex are still medications. People should be careful when they’re taking an over-the-counter medication for a cold or flu. Although these medications are common, mixing them with alcohol can still alter the effects.

The best thing you can do is avoid alcohol completely when taking Mucinex. But, that’s difficult for some people to do. Especially given the fact that we live in a society of “social” or “moderate” drinking.

This article will cover how mixing alcohol and Mucinex can affect you.

Mixing Alcohol and Mucinex

Alcohol by itself can have a wide range of harmful side effects. Some of those side effects can even be dangerous or life-threatening. The potential risk of these side effects increases when alcohol is combined with medications. People consuming alcohol often end up combining their drink with Mucinex.

They don’t do this on purpose. But, people don’t think much of drinking while taking cold medicine. This can be harmful because there are active ingredients in cold medicine that make it react with alcohol. These ingredients are guaifenesin and dextromethorphan.

Guaifenesin and dextromethorphan are responsible for treating cold, cough, and congestion symptoms. They’re present in Mucinex, as well as the other Mucinex variants. In addition to Mucinex people might take Mucinex DM, Mucinex Fast-Max, and Mucinex Sinus-Max. All of these medications should be taken with care.

Side Effects of Mixing Alcohol and Mucinex

When these two substances are combined, they can produce some dangerous side effects. Mixing Mucinex with alcohol can increase the side effects of the medication. It can also increase the feeling of intoxication from the alcohol you drink. You may also experience dizziness and drowsiness, as well as negative interactions with other medications.

Increased Mucinex Side Effects

Most people don’t experience significant side effects from taking Mucinex. This is why it’s commonly mixed with alcohol. People who do experience side effects, however, will feel those side effects more if they drink alcohol. The alcohol combines with the active ingredients in Mucinex to make the side effects intensify.

Alcohol can also affect you if you don’t experience any side effects. If you combine alcohol with Mucinex you may start to feel side effects you wouldn’t normally experience. It’s best to just take your medication and wait until your cold or flu passes to drink.

Increased Alcohol Side Effects

Combining alcohol with Mucinex can also increase the effects of the alcohol. The body is only designed to break down one substance at a time. Introducing both of these substances to your body at once will slow it down. This is because your body goes to work trying to metabolize both substances at the same time.

The result is that the effects of the alcohol you drink last longer and become more intense. The higher intensity of these side effects can be much more dangerous. You’re more likely to injure yourself or underestimate the level of your intoxication. This can be incredibly dangerous if you choose to drive or perform tasks that require concentration and focus.

The Effect On Other Medications

People need to be careful if they’re taking other medications. Introducing alcohol and Mucinex to your system can already produce enough negative effects. It may produce even more when it interacts with other medications in your system.

We’ve already discussed Mucinex’s primary ingredients, Guaifenesin and dextromethorphan. But, Mucinex will often contain other medications to treat other cold and flu symptoms. These other medications could negatively mix with alcohol.

Regardless of whether you’re drinking or not, it makes sense to read the label on any medication you take. You don’t want to be surprised by any of the ingredients.

Drowsiness and Dizziness

Someone who chooses to mix alcohol and Mucinex can also become extremely dizzy or drowsy. These conditions also come with a significant loss of coordination. People are more likely to injure themselves when they’re in a state of dizziness or drowsiness. This is especially true when Mucinex and alcohol are combined. This is because the dizziness and drowsiness are occurring along with the increased intoxication from the alcohol.

The result is that people are unable to perform the simplest tasks. Even something as simple as riding a bike becomes difficult. It also becomes dangerous. In fact, given the right circumstances, it may even become deadly.

The Type of Mucinex Matters

As we mentioned earlier, Mucinex comes in a variety of versions. Each version of Mucinex has its own list of ingredients. As a result, each will affect the body differently when mixed with alcohol.

For instance, people who combine Mucinex DM with alcohol will experience more of the dizziness and drowsiness. They might also experience an overdose. This is because of the dextromethorphan in the medication. There have been reports of deaths from combining alcohol with high doses of dextromethorphan.

The Fast-Max and Sinus-Max versions of Mucinex contain a substance called Acetaminophen. This is commonly found in aspirins like Tylenol. When users combine alcohol with this particular substance, the list of side effects becomes different.

Alcohol and Acetaminophen combine to create stomach pain and diarrhea. These substances can also cause you to experience nausea, sweating, and yellow skin.

Acetaminophen poisoning, as well as alcohol poisoning, can be life-threatening. When taken with alcohol, the alcohol forces the liver to convert the acetaminophen into toxins. This can eventually result in liver damage. In fact, the labels on these versions of Mucinex say that consuming three drinks or more can result in liver damage.

These side effects can eventually become life-threatening.

What Should You Do About Mixing Alcohol and Mucinex?

Mixing alcohol and Mucinex is never a good idea. If you find yourself struggling to quit drinking long enough to cure your cold, you may want to seek treatment. Contact Just Believe Recovery Center today. We’re here to help you get back on your feet.

We can provide you with a complete treatment program. Get the medical and holistic help you need in a relaxed rehab setting. It’s never too late to get help.

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If you or a loved one need help with substance abuse and/or treatment, please contact Just Believe Recovery at (888) 380-0667. Our specialists can assess your individual needs and help you get the treatment that provides the best chance for long-term recovery.

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