Medication and Alcohol

Some medications can cause drowsiness, loss of balance, dizziness or confusion... which could ultimately lead to a fall.

Follow the tips below to stay safe:

  • Ask your doctor questions about the medication you are taking.
  • Always go to the same pharmacy for your medication.
  • Always read the instructions that come with your medication.
  • Take the recommended dosage that your doctor and your pharmacist prescribed.
  • Have your medication in a pre-packaged format so you don’t forget to take it or take too much.
  • Beware: There may be side-effects between your medications, even the over-the-counter, vitamins and natural products. Talk to your doctor and pharmacist.
  • If your medication makes you dizzy or sleepy, adjust your activities accordingly.
  • Tell your doctor or pharmacist right away if you do not feel well after starting a new medication or if the dosage has changed.
  • Beware of the effects between your medication and alcohol. That includes sleeping pills, and cold & allergy medication.
  • Don’t take someone else’s medication.
  • Have a list of all your medication (including vitamins, natural products and over-the-counter medications) at home and on you when you leave your home.
  • If you have allergies to some medications, wear a bracelet/necklace (that indicates what you are allergic to) on you at all times.
  • Once a year, check your medication for expiration dates.
  • Return your expired medication to your pharmacy. Do not throw it in the garbage or flush it in the toilet. It is not good for the environment.
  • Talk to your healthcare professional about alternatives to medication.

Eastern Ontatio Health Unit / Bureau de santé de l'Ontario