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Did you know…that smoking routinely and drinking on a regular basis can have an effect on your medications?

Why do I need to tell the pharmacist if I drink alcohol or smoke regularly?

If you drink alcohol or smoke, it is important to mention this to your pharmacist. Taking certain medications with alcohol will cause an unwanted reaction in the body. One example is with a common antibiotic called Metronidazole (Flagyl). If you are on this medication, it is recommended that you do not drink alcohol because it causes a reaction in the body which produces a chemical that can be poisonous to the liver and heart.

There are many drug interactions with smoking. An example of a drug interaction with smoking is with the medication Theophylline. This medication works by opening airways in the lungs, but smoking causes the opposite to happen. Smoking cigarettes causes blood vessels to narrow and can also cause blood pressure to go up. Taking medication for high blood pressure will not work properly if a person smokes.

Did you know? is a series of health articles written by HHPC and approved by our Health Advisory Board.

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