Ephedrine and Alcohol
Ephedrine is both the generic name and the brand names and are sold in both capsule and tablet form. It is used to relieve congestion due to colds, flu, hay fever and allergies and is used for short term relief of shortness of breath, chest tightness and wheezing because of bronchial asthma.
It is a decongestant and bronchodilator and works by reducing swelling and constricting blood vessels in the nasal passageways which allows for easier breathing.
It is suggested you discuss your consumption of alcohol with your physician as I will increase the side effects of the drug.
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.
Do not use Ephedrine if you have an allergy to it, taking a MAO inhibitor in the last 14 days, if you have a severe high blood pressure, severe heart blood vessel disease, rapid heartbeat or severe heart problems.
Before starting this drug advise your physician if you are pregnant, plan to become so or are breast feeding, if taking any prescription or non prescription medicine, herbal preparation, dietary supplement, have any allergies to anything, have heart problems, diabetes, glaucoma, enlarged prostate, adrenal gland problems, high blood pressure, seizures, stroke, blood vessel problems, overactive thyroid or severe asthma.
Less serious side effects are dizziness, headache, nausea, nervousness, restless, sleepless or stomach irritation. If these occur call your physician for advice.
Serious side effects are severe allergic reaction, rash, hives, difficult breathing, chest tightness, swelling of the mouth, face, lips or tongue or urination problems. If these occur get emergency medical help.
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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