Propranolol and Alcohol
Propranolol is the generic name of a drug which belongs to the family of beta-blockers which affect the heart and circulation through the veins and arteries. It is used to treat tremors, angina, hypertension, heart rhythm disorders and other heart or circulatory conditions. It is also used to treat or prevent heart attack and to reduce the severity and frequency of migraine headaches.
It is suggested that you do not drink alcohol as it may greatly increase the side effects of the 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 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 over the counter drugs it usually results in negative health effects most especially liver damage as the main organ affected.
It is suggested that before taking this or any other drug you have a frank and honest discussion with your physician as to your drinking habits. This may be difficult as many alcoholics are in a state of denial as to their drinking habits.
I have also noticed that many alcoholics are not subject to the morning after illness that most of us suffer through when we drink too much. Severe alcoholics usually find if they feel “shakey” in the morning, a drink will make them feel more normal.
Before starting to use this drug advise your physician if you are allergic to this drug or any other drug or substance, if you have asthma or certain heart conditions especially second or third degree heart block, if you have bronchitis, emphysems, other breathing disorders, diabetes, low blood pressure, heart block, sick sinus syndrome, slow heart rate, congestive heart failure, depression, liver or kidney disease, thyroid disorder, pheochromocytoma or problems with circulation.
Less serious side effects are nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, stomach cramps, decreased sex drive, impotence, difficulty having an orgasm, sleep problems or tired feeling. If these occur call your physician for advice.
Serious side effects are severe allergic reaction such as hives, difficult breathing, swelling of your face, lips, tongue or throat, change in heartbeats, lightheaded, fainting, short of breath, with mild exertion, swelling of the ankles or feet, fever, sore throat, headache with severe blistering, peeling and red skin rash, nausea, stomach pain, low fever, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay colored stools, jaundice, depression, confusion, hallucinations or 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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