Lotensin and Alcohol
Lotensin generic name benazepril belongs to a family of drugs known as ACE inhibitors or angiotensin converting enzyme drugs which are used to treat high blood pressure or hypertension.
It is suggested moderate drinking only while using this drug as blood pressure may be lowered and side effects greatly increased.
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 using Lotensin advise your doctor if you are allergic to any other drug or substance, if you are using dietary or herbal supplements, are pregnant, plan to be or are breastfeeding, have kidney disease or on dialysis, liver disease, heart disease, congestive heart failure, diabetes, connectrive tissue disease such as Marfan syndrome, Sjogren’s syndrome, lupus, scleraerma or rheumatoid arthritis.
Less serious side effects are cough, dizziness, drowsiness, headache, nausea, constipation, mild skin itching or rash. If these occur call your physician for advice.
Serious side effects are severe allergic reaction such as hives, difficult breathing, swelling of the face, lips, tongue or throat, feet, lightheaded, faint, changes in urination, fever, chills, body aches, flu symptoms, pale skin, bruising, bleeding, severe blistering, peeling, red skinrash, tired, muscle weakness, pounding uneven heartbeats, chest pain, swelling, rapid weight gain or jaundice. 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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