(HealthDay News) -- If you're on any medication -- even over-the-counter cold medicine -- you should avoid drinking alcohol. The combination of alcohol and medication can be deadly, the National Institute on Aging warns.
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The agency cites these potential complications of combining alcohol and medication:
- You may have an increased risk of stomach bleeding if you drink alcohol while taking aspirin.
- Mixing alcohol with cough or cold medication can make you very drowsy.
- It can be very dangerous to drink alcohol while taking medications to treat depression, anxiety, pain or insomnia.
- Combining alcohol with medications that contain acetaminophen can cause liver damage.
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