Amlodipine and Alcohol speaks to Amlodipine alcohol interaction, what is Amlodipine, Amlodipine side effects.
Amlodipine brand name Norvasc belongs to a family of drugs known as calcium channel blockers which relaxes and widen blood vessels and improves blood flow. The drug is commonly used to treat high blood pressure or angina and other conditions caused by coronary artery disease. It may be used for other purposes but should not be used by patients younger than 6 years old.
Alcohol consumption should be moderate or not at all as it can further lower your blood pressure as well increase other side effects.
At this time the medical community defines moderate consumption of alcohol as no more than two drinks per day and no more than 14 drinks per week. Anything more than that is considered an unhealthy dependency on alcohol that may have adverse social, family and health consequences.
If a person drinks only once or twice a week but drinks on the same days each week and more than two drinks this is considered as an alcohol dependency.
If a person binge drinks at any time during the week this is also considered as alcoholism.
Some consider alcoholism as a disease while others consider it an addiction which is the result of personal choice and character fault. This school of thought blames the alcoholism on life style choices.
Personally I consider alcoholism a genetic tendency as I have seen families of alcoholics even when they live far apart. These unfortunate people are probably dependent on alcohol from the first drink.
When alcohol interacts with prescription over the counter drugs it usually results in negative health effects most especially liver damage as the main organ affected.
It is suggested that before taking this or any other drug you have a frank and honest discussion with your physician as to your drinking habits. This may be difficult as many alcoholics are in a state of denial as to their drinking habits.
I have also noticed that many alcoholics are not subject to the morning after illness that most of us suffer through when we drink too much. Severe alcoholics usually find if they feel “shakey” in the morning, a drink will make them feel more normal.
Do not take Amlodipine if you have an allergy to it. Your physician must be made aware of any other conditions you have such as a heart valve problem called aortic stenosis, congestive heart failure or liver disease.
Less serious side effects of Amlodipine and alcohol are headache, dizziness, drowsiness, tired feeling, stomach pain, flushing, warmth, redness or tingly feeling. If these occur call your physician for advice.
Serious side effects of Amlodipine and alcohol are feeling like you might pass out, swelling in your hands, ankles, feet, chest pain, heavy feeling, pain spreading to the arm and shoulder, nausea, sweating, ill feeling, pounding heartbeat or chest fluttering.If these occur get emergency medical aid.
This site serves as an information source only and does not dispense medical advice or any other kind of advice. If you are seeking medical advice you are advised to consult your own physician.
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