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Drug Synergism

- Can you explain drug synergism?
- In addition to the synergistic interaction between alcohol and other drugs, describe at least one way in which alcohol might contribute to the lethal potential of drug-taking behavior.

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(1) Can you explain drug synergism?

Synergism indicates that if two drugs are taken together that are similar in action, such as barbiturates and alcohol which are both depressants, an effect exaggerated out of proportion to that of each drug taken separately at the given dose may occur. An example might be a person taking a dose of alcohol and a dose of a barbiturate. When the drugs are normally taken alone, neither substance would cause serious harm. However, as they explain, if taken together, the combination of the two drugs could cause coma or death (Information about drugs).

(2) In addition to the synergistic interaction between alcohol and other drugs, describe at least one way in which alcohol might ...

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This solution provides a definition for drug synergism and explains the interaciton between alcohol and other drugs.

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