Medication and Alcohol Don't Mix

People who mix alcohol with ADHD medications experience high blood pressure levels that are potentially dangerous.

Thursday December 1st - 5:28pm

Mixing alcohol with Ritalin and other ADHD medications that contain methylphenidate can be deadly, according to a new study.

After hearing of the deaths of two college students who drank alcohol after taking methylphenidate, researchers at the Medical University of South Carolina tested the effects of mixing the two. When the 20 subjects ingested alcohol along with methylphenidate, they absorbed the drug much faster, and their blood pressures rose to potentially dangerous levels. In addition, drinking seemed to amplify methylphenidate's side effects, especially in women.

The study was led by Kennerly S. Patrick, Ph.D., professor of pharmaceutical sciences at the university. It was presented at the annual meeting of the American College of Clinical Pharmacology.

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