Taking an Antihistamine Antihistamines are medications used for the treatment of allergies, cold and flu symptoms, including sneezing, watery eyes, coughing, hives, runny nose and more. These medications are available by prescription and over the counter. Warning labels on antihistamines caution against drinking alcohol while taking medication, especially if you are a daily drinker. Further, laws are in effect in many states banning the use of an automobile when under the influence of a sedating drug or alcohol. Side Effects One of the main side effects of antihistamines is a feeling of sedation, according to Columbia University health information website, Go Ask Alice. Combined with the effects of alcohol, taking the two simultaneously could magnify the effects, posing a possible danger when watching children, operating a motor vehicle or other machinery. While newer antihistamines do not have the same sedative effects, there is a risk of low blood pressure and falls in seniors. In the 2000 study, researchers tested volunteers alertness on a driving simulator after taking a first generation cold drug in addition to alcohol. The participants were unable to gauge their level of impairment. Newer antihistamines, or second generation drugs, do not seem to have the same effect when taken with alcohol. Blood Alcohol Level One of the most concerning dangers when combining antihistamines with alcohol
is that compared to beer, the alcohol content in wine is higher. A serving of beer contains 4 to 5 percent alcohol. A serving of wine has 12 to 15 percent alcohol and more for imported wines. A 180 lb. male could be consider legally intoxicated after drinking four glasses of wine over the course of an hour. A 120 lb. female may be considered impaired after drinking two to three glasses of wine over the same amount of time. Taking an antihistamine can worsen your impairment and you many not be aware of it.
and female smokers lose 14.5 years. The economic toll exceeds $157 billion each year in
the United States $75 billion in direct medical costs and $82 billion in lost productivity. "We need to cut smoking in this country and around the world," HHS Secretary Tommy G. Thompson said. "Smoking is the leading preventable cause of death and disease, costing us too many lives, too many dollars and too many tears. If we are going to be serious about improving health and preventing disease we must continue to drive down tobacco use. And we must prevent our youth from taking up this dangerous habit." In 1964, the Surgeon General report announced medical research showing that smoking was a definite cause of cancers of the lung and larynx (voice box) in men and chronic bronchitis in both men and women. Later reports concluded that smoking causes a number of other diseases such as cancers of the bladder, oesophagus, mouth and throat; cardiovascular diseases; and reproductive effects. Today new report, The
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