Hyzaar and Alcohol
Hyzaar generic name hydrochlorothiazide and losarton is a combination of the two drugs that is used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension) and is used to lower the risk of stroke in certain people with heart disease. Hydrochlorothiazide is a thiazide diuretic (water pill) that helps prevent the body from absorbing too much salt which can cause fluid retention.
Losartan is an angiotensin II receptor antagonist which keeps blood vessels from narrowing, which lowers blood pressure and improves back flow.
It is suggested that you do not consume alcohol while using this drug as it will lower your blood pressure and greatly increase 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.
Hyzaar should not be used if you are pregnant as birth defects in the baby could occur.
Before starting with this drug advise your physician if you are allergic to this or any other drug or substance, if you are pregnant, plan to become so or are breast feeding, if you have kidney disease, liver disease, congestive heart failure, asthma, low or high levels of potassium in your blood, gout, lupus, diabetes or allergic to sulfa drugs.
Less serious side effects are stomach pain, back pain, dizziness, tired feeling, skin rash, runny or stuffy nose, sore throat or dry cough. If these occur call your physician for advice.
Serious side effects are feeling light headed, faint, swelling, rapid weight gain, fast or pounding heartbeats, pale skin, bruising or bleeding, changes in urination patterns, jaundice, dry mouth, increased thirst, drowsiness, restless, confusion, increased urination or seizure. 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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