If someone is prescribed a medication, they should always discuss with their doctor what the possible interactions are, as well as their medical history. If a person drinks alcohol regularly, they should inform their doctor to prevent any severe, adverse effects, such as blackouts or even overdose.
Methylin, a central nervous system (CNS) stimulant, can cause potential heart problems if it is mixed with alcohol. Knowing this information before starting a prescription is important, as many people think Methylin will not react to alcohol.
Methylin is a CNS stimulant used to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy. It is used to control impulsive behavior and hyperactivity by altering the number of certain chemicals in the brain. Methylin increases alertness, improves focus and concentration as well.
Understanding Methylin’s side effects and interactions and how it generally works is important for safe dosage and treatment. A doctor will always go over this information when Methylin is prescribed; he or she will also go over the risks associated with the medication.
When taking Methylin, some common side effects might be:
- Increased heart rate
- Sleep problems (insomnia)
- Suppressed appetite (loss of appetite)
- Weight loss
Taking Methylin with MAOIs can cause potentially fatal interactions, but many people think the drug has no negative interactions with alcohol and mistakenly mix the two.
A common mistake made by many is mixing any medication with alcohol, whether intentional or accidental. When Methylin is mixed with alcohol, the body begins to panic in a way, since both substances have opposing effects. Alcohol is a CNS depressant, which relaxes one’s muscles and produces a sedative effect, while Methylin is a CNS stimulant used to increase focus and brain activity.
When the two are combined, the individual risks of each are now enhanced, greatly increasing the risk of overdose and alcohol poisoning. Methylin reduces one’s awareness to the effects of alcohol, making it easier to overindulge and cause alcohol poisoning. The stimulating effect caused by Methylin makes a person continue to feel alert while drinking alcohol instead of the usual relaxing sensation.
Mixing alcohol and Methylin may also cause heart problems since alcohol slows heart rate while Methylin drastically increases it. If someone misuses and combines the two for longer periods of time, they may experience manic episodes (psychosis).
Alcohol poisoning can be fatal. If you suspect someone is experiencing alcohol poisoning, call 911 immediately. Do NOT be afraid to seek help. If you do not have access to a phone contact Web Poison Control Services for online assistance.
If you have a prescription for Methylin, you should not drink alcohol if you have taken Methylin or plan to take it soon. The combination of the two can greatly increase the chances of alcohol poisoning while enhancing each substance’s side effects.
Each person may experience different effects if Methylin and alcohol are combined; if a person has blood pressure problems, they may experience a spike in blood pressure instead of an irregular heartbeat.
If you or a loved one has developed a substance use disorder from alcohol or Methylin, contact The Recovery Village today to learn how we can help you live a substance-free life.
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