How Does Adderall Interact With Alcohol?

Question

Asked by Robin

How Does Adderall Interact With Alcohol?

My adult son was recently given Adderall to help him focus. I am concerned that when he drinks, there can be problems. Is this true? How much is a safe amount to drink with this drug, or should it be avoided all together?

Answer

Thank you for your question.

I am not a medical professional and cannot give you medical advice.

A post on ADHDCentral.com, "Why Adderall and Alcohol Do Not Mix" explains the dangers of combining this medication with alcohol in depth. Merely Me points out that one concern is that a stimulant, such as Adderall, can make you feel as if you can continue drinking well past the point you should stop. It may mask the feeling you get when drinking too much and can lead to alcohol poisoning.

Merely Me also reports on a story of a young man had a heart attack that was caused by mixing adderall and alcohol, even though he did not have any past cardiac problems and there was no family history of cardiac problems.

Mixing any medication, including supplements, with alcohol has the potential to be dangerous. The best course of action is not to do it. But if you are going to drink, talk to your doctor or pharmacist about what the potential dangers are so you can be aware.

Eileen

Answered by Eileen Bailey