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Inspra and Alcohol
Inspra generic name Eplerenone belongs to the family of drugs that treat high blood pressure and/or improving survival rates in patients who have left ventricular systolic dysfunction and congestive heart failure following a heart attack. It is sometimes used in combination with other drugs and may be used for other conditions.
This drug is a mineralocorticoid which works by blocking aldosterone which widens blood vessels and reduces fluid and sodium retention. This lowers blood pressure to help prevent strokes, heart attacks and kidney problems.
Do not consume alcohol while using this drug as it will greatly 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.
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 use Inspra if you are allergic to it, if you have protein in your urine because of diabetes, have severe kidney problems, high blood potassium levels, type 2 diabetes, you are taking specific drugs, taking potassium supplements or drugs that can increase potassium.
Before using this drug advise your physician if you are allergic to any other drug or substance, are pregnant, plan to be so or are breastfeeding, taking any prescription or nonprescription drugs, herbal preparation, dietary supplement, if you are not taking Inspra to treat high blood pressure and have protein in your urine because of diabetes or have kidney disease.
Less serious side effects are cough, diarrhea, dizziness, flu like symptoms, fever, chills, muscle aches, tiredness, headache and stomach pain. If these occur call your physician for advice.
Serious side effects are severe allergic reactions such as hives, difficult breathing, chest tightness, swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, abnormal vaginal discharge, chest pain, enlarged or swollen breasts, irregular heartbeat or severe muscle weakness. 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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