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Does large amounts of alcohol negate medication
Anon_121350 posted:
My husband is dealing with chronic pain - due to an injury. He had 2 disc's removed in his neck and replaced with cadaver bone and titanium plates. Since he's been in constant pain. He is on several medications plus a sleeping pill because he can't sleep more than 2-3 hours before the pain wakes him up.

He has started to drink 18-24 beers - regularly - because it's the only thing (he thinks) that dulls his senses enough to not feel the pain and knocks him out so that he can sleep.

Obviously that amount of alcohol cause a myriad of other problems... but my question is that personally, I think it completely renders the medication he's taking useless.

Is that the case?? Does that much alcohol negate medication?
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Harry L Haroutunian, MD responded:
I must say that this is not a question of whether or not alcohol is negating medications that are taken, but rather is it complicating those medications and adding to the side effects.
Alcohol is a depressant when mixed with sleeping pills, pain medications or anti-anxiety medications. The additive effect from the depressant alcohol can be dangerous, or - indeed - deadly. Certainly the rate at which your husband is now drinking would be cause for great concern and treatment in and of itself. Mixed with chronic pain issues and pain medication, he is in immediate danger. I urge you to seek help from an addiction pain specialist immediately, and I emphasis the addiction specialist in this matter. He needs treatment, and he needs it now.

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