Nifedipine and Alcohol
Nifedipine is the generic name for drugs sold under the brand names Adalat CC, afeditab CR, Nifidiac CC, Nifedical XL, Procardia, Procardia XL and Adalat and belong to the family of drugs known as calcium channel blockers and function by relaxing the veins and arteries making it easier for the heart to pump blood.
This drug is used to treat high blood pressure and the chest pain of angina.
Do not drink grapefruit juice while using Nifedipine as the side effects will be dangerous.
Only moderate drinking is suggested as the side effects will be greatly increased and it may cause dizziness when standing up.
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. If 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 Nifedipine advise your physician if you are allergic to this or any other drug or substance, are pregnant, plan to be so, are breastfeeding, have kidney disease, liver disease, cirhossis of the liver, coronary heart disease, congestive heart failure or digestive problems.
Less serious side effects are headache, dizzy, drowsy, tired, nausea, constipation, diarrhea, stomach pain, insomnia, mild rash, itch, joint pain, leg cramps, warmth, redness, tingling under skin or urinating more than usual 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, worse angina, feeling faint, shor of breath, swelling of hands or feet, fast pounding heartbeat, numb or tingling, jaundice, chest pain, heavy feeling, pain which spreads to arm or shoulder, nausea, sweating or general ill feeling..If these occur get emergency medical help.
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