Nortriptyline and Alcohol
Nortriptyline is the generic name for a drug sold under the brand names Pamrlor and Aventyl HCI and belongs to a family of drugs known as trycyclic antidpressants which affect the chemicals in the brain that on occasion become unbalanced and is used to treat the symptoms of depression.
It is suggested that patients do not consume alcohol even moderate drinking while using this drug as the side effects may be greatly affected.
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 it 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 Nortriptyline 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 heart disease, history of heart attack, stroke, seizures, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, other mental illness, diabetes, overactive thyroid, glaucoma or urination problems.
Less serious side effects are nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, loss of appetite, constipation, diarrhea, weight change, dry mouth, unpleasant taste, weak, lack of coordination, numb, tingling, blurred vision, headache, ringing in ears, mild skin rash, breast swelling or increased sweating.If these occur call your physician for advice.
Serious side effects are severe allergic reactions such as hives difficult breathing, tight chest, swelling of the mouth, face, lips or tongue, throat, fast pounding or uneven heart rate, chest pain, heavy feeling spreading to arm and shoulder, suddenly numb or weak on one side of the body, sudden headache, confusion, vision, speech or balance problems, confusion, hallucinations, seizure, bruising or bleeding, unusual weakness, restless movements in eyes, tongue, jaw or neck, tremors, extreme thirst with headache, nausea, vomiting or weakness, lightheaded, faint or changes in urination. . 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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