Dr Puppala, a double board certified anesthesiology pain specialist, is vocal about the problems of people suffering from acute and chronic pains. In his 10 years of practice in Villa Rica, GA he has successfully treated different types of acute and chronic pain conditions.
Vinaya Puppala, MD actively advocates the importance of a healthy lifestyle to manage pain. He is concerned about the well being of people suffering from pain and tries to extend as much help as possible. People use alcohol to depress the effects of pain. Alcohol gives some amount of relief in pain by slowing down the brain and nervous system. However, it is a dangerous option to relieve pain.
VK Puppala, MD says,
“Often people try to find quick fixes to their problems by resorting to pain medicine, or alcohol, or both. This is not a solution. People need guidance to consult the right doctor for their pain. Medical science advancements offer opportunities to cure any kind of pain. Adopting dangerous options like alcohol only complicates patient’s medical condition.”
Dr Puppala explains why using alcohol for pain relief is a bad idea
Vinaya Puppala, MD explains that the human body develops a tolerance for alcohol over time. Due to this, the amount of alcohol needed to produce the same results increases. People usually cross safe alcohol consumption limits to get the desired pain relief.
VK Puppala, MD suggests that mixing alcohol with pain medication can cause serious problems to patients. Alcohol itself can cause a series of health problems from stomach ulcers to liver diseases. Also, long-term alcohol use leads to its dependency that brings new problems.
Dr Puppala warns about the dangers of mixing alcohol with pain medication
Vinaya Puppala, MD gives a detailed account of side-effects that could be developed if alcohol is mixed with medications:
- Mixing alcohol with aspirin, Bufferin, Excedrin, Anacin, Alka-Seltzer damages the stomach lining. Irritation and bleeding in the stomach and intestines are also possible
- Alcohol and Tylenol if taken together increase liver damage risk
- Alcohol and ibuprofen lead to ulcers and stomach bleeding
- Mixing alcohol with medications such as Demerol, Darvon, and Codeine could be fatal. It impairs central nervous system function
- Taking alcohol with medications like Valium and Librium decreases alertness and impairs judgment
- Medicines like Sominex and Sleep-Ese, when mixed with alcohol, causes drug’s potency to increase greatly. It also depresses the central nervous system
- The combination of alcohol with medications such as Dristan, Coricidin, and Nyquil causes loss of alertness and drowsiness
- Combining alcohol with Insulin, Orinase, and Tolinase leads to severe reactions
- Tetracycline, Seromycin, and Fulvicin when combined with alcohol cause nausea and vomiting
- Taking high blood pressure medicines in combination with alcohol increases potency, and reducing blood pressure to dangerously low levels.
- Combining Anticoagulants with alcohol leads to potentially life-threatening bleeding as the anti-coagulating potency of drug increases
Dr Puppala seeks to educate us that many medications do not mix well with alcohol and mixing alcohol with medicines should be avoided. It is imperative for a patient having drinking habit to consult a pain management specialist like VK Puppala, MD to know about its implications.