It is customary that after drinking the headache appears as a symptom of the hangover . Faced with this situation, many people choose to relieve discomfort by taking medications such as ibuprofen as a very common product in most medical kits. The result is a dangerous mixture for health.
The interaction of alcohol with ibuprofen can have different effects, depending on the regularity with which both substances are consumed. On the one hand, there are people who ingested ibuprofen and alcohol occasionally but in high doses, and on the other hand, who use them in a chronic way.
In the first case, when the consumption of alcohol and ibuprofen is made in an extraordinary way, both influence the other.
ibuprofen and alcohol how long to wait
Normally you should not mix the medicine ( painkillers) with alcohol, if you take more dose than normal may lead to more problems & stomach lining.
time difference between the Alcohol & painkiller tablets ( aspirin, ibuprofen, paracetamol ) minimum 2 hour & max. 5-6 hour after taking the alcohol drink, i'll be safe for you.
Ibuprofen enhances the effects of alcohol ,
causing acute poisoning caused by this drug will increase the states of confusion, lethargy, of drowsiness and decreased reflexes. "If you drive under these effects may increase the risk of accidents , " says T. J. Francisco Avila, family physician of Spain. Furthermore, alcohol interferes on ibuprofen, both increasing and decreasing action .
This is because "both are metabolized by the liver. Having a metabolic pathway of the liver occupied by one of the two causes the metabolism of the other to accelerate or, on the contrary, slows down, "explains the expert. Alcohol is metabolized at a constant rate by the enzyme alcohol dehydrogenase to form acetaldehyde which is then converted to acetate, while ibuprofen is metabolized by hydroxylation and carboxylation.
If instead the person consumes ibuprofen and alcohol regularly, it can cause increased gastrointestinal risk, and problems arise as gastrointestinal bleeding or gastritis . "Ibuprofen alone does not damage the gastric mucosa, but its effects can be enhanced by mixing it with alcohol," says Avila. In addition, abuse of alcohol intake on a regular basis can lead to chronic alcoholism and habitual interference of ibuprofen increases the risk of gastrointestinal problems and, if the dose of 1,200 mg daily are exceeded, increases cardiovascular risks .
These consequences affect the same way regardless of whether the drug is consumed before or after drinking alcohol . However, it is important to know that if you have already drunk it and have nausea and gastric discomfort, taking ibuprofen may make your symptoms worse.
What are the most dangerous alcoholic beverages mixed with ibuprofen?
The risks of alcohol are measured by their graduation, ie by the amount measured in percentages of alcohol present in the drink, and by their consumption dose. "The more alcohol you have, the more you exercise on ibuprofen," says Avila. However, in those people who consume both regularly and who, therefore, already have metabolic pathways sufficiently altered, consuming small amounts of alcohol does not interfere in their metabolism, so the interaction will be minimal.
In addition, there are other factors that influence the effects of mixing ibuprofen and alcohol. On the one hand, there are differences between sexes, "normally men metabolize alcohol better and faster than women," says the expert. The race is one of the agents that presents differences, " the oriental race has a greater slowdown in alcohol metabolism , " says family doctor. Also, people with a history of peptic ulcersor have gastritis or renal failure or liver will be more susceptible to the consequences of this interaction.
So how can you reduce the effects of alcohol?
The hangover caused by excessive consumption of alcohol causes a series of symptoms such as dry mouth, acting as a diuretic to promote dehydration and loss of electrolytes, headaches, nausea, vomiting, drowsiness, difficulty in coordination of movements and Articulate words and hypothermia.
To avoid having to deal with these complaints, " it is advisable to know how to stop in time and ideally not start or drinks 0.0 percent , " said Neus Caelles, the scientific area of the Spanish (Sefac). If you are going to drink alcohol, its effects can be minimized by taking it during meals, thus reducing the rate of absorption and gastric irritation. Choose low alcohol beverages, drinking time intervals or exercise can also reduce the consequences . Also, it is advisable to drink plenty of water to counteract the diuretic effects of alcohol and avoid dehydration and rest.
"Sometimes taking a medication can worsen the hangover symptoms or the patient's health status like ibuprofen," explains Caelles. So other treatments that are used are the antacids, because of the gastric irritation that causes the intake of alcohol. In addition , the expert emphasizes that taking substances that inhibit vomiting may be dangerous and hindering the mechanism that the body not reach intoxication.