Ramipril is the generic name for a drug that belongs to a family of drugs called ACE inhibitors. AC means angiotensin converting enzyme and is used to treat high blood pressure or congestive heart failure. It is intended to improve the chance of survival after a heart attack.
It is best to avoid consuming alcohol as it can lower blood pressure and increase the possible side effects.
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 taking this drug special tests may be called for if you have kidney disease, liver disease, diabetes, a connective tissue disease such as Marfan syndrome, Sjogren’s syndrome, lupus, scleroderma, rheumatoid arthritis, if you are taking telmisartan or if you have ever had a severe allergic reaction.
Altace should not be used if you are pregnant as birth defects in the baby could occur.
Less serious side effects of Altace and alcohol are cough, tired feelin, headache, dizziness, spinning sensation or nausea or vomiting. If these occur call you physician for advice.
Serious side effects of Altace and alcohol are feeling if you may pass out, dry mouth, thirst, confusion, swelling, urinating less or not at all, fever, chills, body aches, flu symptoms, sores in mouth and throat, easy bruising or bleeding, pale skin, dark colored urine, weakness, jaundice or chest pain.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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