Does nitrous oxide interact with other medications or foods?

The side effects of nitrous oxide can be intensified if administered to someone already taking medications that cause drowsiness like narcotic pain relievers or sleeping medications. The combination can slow the breathing rate to dangerous levels. The same effect can happen when using alcohol while inhaling nitrous oxide. The doctor needs to know about all of the medications, herbal remedies, over-the-counter drugs, alcohol or recreational drugs being taken.

Nitrous oxide can increase the effects of barbiturates and alcohol, which depress the central nervous system. This can cause breathing to become dangerously slow, or to stop. Always let your doctor know about any prescription medications you take, and if you use alcohol or drugs. Also, tell your doctor about any over-the-counter medications or herbal remedies you may take, as some may interact with nitrous oxide.

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