Olmesartan belongs to a family of drugs referred to as angiotension II receptor antagonists which stops blood vessels from narrowing which lowers blood pressure and improves blood flow. The drug is used to treat hypertension and is sometimes used in conjunction with other medications.
It should not be used if you are pregnant as birth defects in the baby could occur.
Consumption of alcohol is not advised not even moderate drinking as the alcohol can further lower your blood pressure and will increase other side effects of the medication.
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 this drug advise your physician of other conditions such as kidney disease, liver disease, congestive heart failure or if you are dehydrated.
Less serious side effects are dizziness, joint or muscle pain, back pain, stomach pain, nausea, diarrhea, mild itching or skin rash or weakness. If these occur call your physician for advice.
Serious side effects are if you have an allergic reaction, feel like you may pass out, infrequent or stop urinating, chest pain, fast heart rate, swelling in your 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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