Methyldopa Alcohol interaction, generic name, belong to the family of drugs known as a Hypertensive.
The oral treatment is prescribed for the treatment of hypertension (high blood pressur).
Moderate alcohol consumption 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 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 if allergic to the drug.
Do not use if pregnant or planning to become pregnant.
Do not use if you have hepatitis or active cirrhosis of the liver.
Common Side Effects
Early but passing effects are sedation, headaches and weakness.
Less Common Side Effects
Dizzy, lightheaded, tingling in extremities, muscle spasm or weakness, decreased mental acuity, psychological disturbances, nightmares, mild psychosis, depression, change in heart rate, increase of pain associated with angina pectoris, water retention, weight gain, dizzy when rising, nausea, vomiting, constipation, diarrhea, dryness of the mouth, sore or black tongue, stuffy nose, male breast enlargement, lactation in females, impotence or decreased sex drive in males, mild arthritis synptoms and skin reactions.
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