This site speaks to Hismanal Alcohol interaction. Astemizole is the generic name for the drug sold under the brand name of Hismanal.
This drug is known as an Antihistamine and is prescribed for stuffy and runny nose, itchy eyes and scratchy throat caused by seasonal allergy and for other symptoms of allergy such as rash, itching and hives.
Moderate alcohol consumption only is advised while taking this 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.
Before starting advise your physician of any allergies, if you have untreated or uncontrolled epilepsy, a bone marrow disorder, paralytic ileus, intestinal blockage, clozapine infection or immune suppression medication, heart disease, heart rhythm disorder, high blood pressure, history of heart attack or stroke, epilepsy, seizure, lung disease, liver disease, kidney disease, diabetes, bone marrow disorder, blood cell disorder, enlarged prostate, urinary problems, glaucoma or a history of smoking.
Do not use this drug if pregnant or attempting to become pregnant.
Do not use if allergic to this drug.
People with asthma, deep breathing problems, glaucoma, stomach ulcer or other stomach problems should not use this drug.
In high doses it may cause serious abnormal heart rhythms or other possible fatal cardiac effects and should not be taken by people with serious liver disease or those taking erythromycin, ketoconazole or itraconazole.
Common Side Effects
Headache, nervousness, weakness, upset stomach, nausea, vomiting, fry mouth, nose or throat, cough, stuffed nose, changes in bowel habits, sore throat, and nosebleeds, increased appetite or weight gain.
Less Common Side Effects
Hair loss, allergic reaction such as rash, itching, hives, breathing difficulties, depression, sleeplessness, muscle aches, menstrual irregularities, increased sweating, tingling in the hands or feet, frequent urination and visual disturbances and in a few cases, liver damage.
Rare Side Effects
Cardiac consequences, that may occur in people with liver disease and those taking erythromycin, ketoconazole or itraconazole. Dizziness or fainting may be the first sign of such.
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.