Make sure your prescription drug doesn’t “spike” your holiday cocktail

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December 10, 2012 | 4 Comments

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  1. Wondering the same. Was in a motorcycle accident in 05 and by i wanna say 07 or 8 was heading towards dissability numerous back surgeries and yes depression among other prescribed drug. And one was cymbalta. Long story short im 46 now and this started when i was 35. Havent had but maybe one ticket in 20 yrs. not alcohol. But yet in the last 3-1/2 years two dui. Still on cymbalta. Does make you wonder. I have nothin to lie about here. Just tellin you all the truth

  2. I’m in the International Baccalaureate Program and for my Chemistry Lab I’m trying to find data online about how prescription drugs, or any medicine really, affects one’s results on a breathalyzer test. If you could help me in anyway it would be greatly appreciated!

    • Hi Eimly,

      I am trying ascertain whether a prescription drug can cause elevation in a breathalyzer reading. For example: two standard drinks in an hour will put you close to .05 BAC. Can a drug elevate that number without physical performance being affected? In a case I am aware of, the person had consumed a recorded 3 glasses of wine over a 4 hour period, yet blew 0.19 on the breathalyser. That amount of alcohol consumed over 4 hours should have resulted in a reading less than 0.05.

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