Patient discussion about mix

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Q. How long between allergy medication can I give a child cold medication?

I gave my boyfriend’s son allergy medication and he also has a cold I wanted to know when I can give him cold mediation for his cold. He is 5 years old.
A1This is a question for a professional. Some medication react with others, you should call a Doctor or a pharmacist and ask them. And ask them if it’s o.. to give a cold medicine to a 5 year old. If it’s not a bad cold- you can treat it the old fashion way, steams, chicken soup, a lot of tea.
A2Call a pharmacist and tell them what medication you gave the child, they know way more about meds than the doctors do, that’s what they went to school for. You don’t want to give him too much medication and overdose him. Be careful and call a professional first.

Q. What medications are forbidden to take with alcohol?

And why is that?
A1I think this web page will give you something to think about:
http://pubs.niaaa.nih.gov/publications/aa27.htm
apparently there are more drugs you shouldn’t mix with alcohol then I could think of…
A2If you ask me- don’t mix any medication with alcohol. Did you know that some medications can not be consumed with grapefruit? The problems with mixing drugs are because the same enzymes in the liver are taking care of them. Your liver tries to get rid of foreign materials in the body. If you take paracetamol with alcohol- the alcohol will use those enzymes first and a different enzyme will need to take care of that paracetamol. This will cause a different procedure that will produce a material that will destroy your liver. That brings us back to the grapefruit- very unexpected- so it is wise to avoid any medication, because they don’t know yet all there is to know about drugs mixing.
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