Telmisartan belongs to a family of drugs known as angiotensin II receptor antagonists and functions by decreasing certain chemicals in the body that cause blood vessels to constrict and sodium and fluid to be stored by the kidneys.
This drug is used to treat high blood pressure and is often used in combination with other medication. It is used to reduce the risk of stroke, heart attack, or death from heart problems in people who are 55 years old with specific risk factors.
It is suggested only moderate consumption of alcohol while using Micardis, as the side effects will be greatly increased and the effectiveness of the drug lessened.
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 or over the counter drugs it usually results in negative health effects most especially liver damage as the main organ affected.
Before using this drug advise your physician if you are allergic to this or any other drug or substance, are pregnant, plan to be so, are breastfeeding, liver disease, kidney disease, congestive heart failure or if dehydrated.
Less serious side effects are runny or stuffy nose, sore throat, cough, back pain, stomach pain, diarrhea, headache, dizziness, feeling tired, weak or increased sweating. 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, feeling faint, pain or difficult urination, chest pain, short of breath, swelling in hands or feet.If these occur get emergency medical help.
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