Metoprolol and Alcohol
Metoprolol is the generic name for this drug which is sold under the brand names Lopressor, Metroprolol succinate ER, Toprol-XL, metoprolol tartrate and belongs to a family of drugs known as beta-blockers which affect the heart and blood flow through arteries and veins.
It is used to treat chest pain known as angina and to lower high blood pressure which helps to prevent or treat a heart attack. Do not use this drug if allergic to it, have a serious heart problem such as heart block, sick sinus syndrome or slow heart rate.
It is suggested moderate consumption of alcohol while using Metoprolol, as the side effects will be 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 or over the counter drugs it usually results in negative health effects most especially liver damage as the main organ affected.
Before using this drug advise your physician if you are allergic to this or any other drug or substance, are pregnant, plan to be so, are breastfeeding, congestive heart failure, low blood pressure, pheochromocytoma, circulation problems, asthma, bronchitis, emphysema, diabetes, depression, liver or kidney disease, thyroid disorder or severe allergies.
Less serious side effects are dry mouth, constipation, heartburn, vomiting, diarrhea, decreased sex drive, impotence, difficult orgasm, headache, drowsy, tired, insomnia, anxiety or nervousness. If these occur call your physician for advice.
Serious side effects are severe allergic reactions such as hives, difficult breathing, swelling of face, lips, tongue or throat, chest pain, fluttering heartbeats, lightheaded, faint, short of breath, swelling of hands or feet, nausea, upper stomach pain, itching, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay coloured stools, jaundice, bruising, bleeding, purple or red pinpint spots under your skin, wheezing, trouble breathing, depression, confusion, memory problems, hallucinations, cold hands or feet..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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