Norvasc and Alcohol
Norvasc generic name amiodipine belongs to a family of drugs known as channel blockers which function by relaxing the blood vessels and improving blood flow and is used to treat high blood pressure (hypertension) and chest pain (angina and other conditions cause by coronary artery disease. It is for use in adults and children 6 years of age or older.
It is suggested moderate drinking drinking only 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 Norvasc 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 a heart valve problem known as aortic stenosis, congestive heart failure or liver disease
Less serious side effects are headache, dizziness, drowsiness, feeling tired, stomach pain or flushing with warmth, redness or tingling feeling.. 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, feeling faint, swelling in the hands, ankles or feet, pounding heartbeat, fluttering in chest, chest pain, heavy feeling, pain spreading to the arm and shoulder, nausea, sweating or general ill feeling. . 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.
Norvasc and Alcohol
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