Isosorbide mononitrate and Alcohol
Isosorbide mononitrate is the generic name for drugs sold under the brand names Imdur, ISMO, Monoket which nbelong to a family of drugs known as nitrates which widen blood vessels making it easier for blood to flow through them and easier for the heart to pump.
This drug is used to prevent angina attacks which result in chest pain but will not alleviate the chest pain of an attack that has already begun.
It is suggested that you not drink alcohol as it will increase the 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 use this drug if you are taking Viagra as life threatening effects can occur and do not use if allergic to this drug or nitroglycerine or if you have early signs of a heart attack such as chest pain, heavy feeling, nausea, sweating, general ill feeling or pain spreading to the arm or shoulder.
Before using this drug it is suggested you advise your doctor if you are allergic to this or any other drug, are pregnant, plan to be so, are breast feeding, have congestive heart failure or kidney disease.
Less serious side effects are headache, mild dizziness, warmth, redness, tingling under the skin, nausea, vomiting, constipation, diarrhea, pain or stiffness in joints or muscle, hot flashes or dry mouth. If these occur consult your physician for advice.
Serious side effects are severe allergic reaction such as hives, difficult breathing, swelling of the face, lips, tongue or throat, fast, slow, pounding or uneven heart rate, feeling faint, trouble breathing, blue colored skin, tired feeling or worsening angina pain. 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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