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How Alcohol Affects Norvasc

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author image Janet Renee, MS, RD
Janet Renee is a clinical dietitian with a special interest in weight management, sports dietetics, medical nutrition therapy and diet trends. She earned her Master of Science in nutrition from the University of Chicago and has contributed to health and wellness magazines, including Prevention, Self, Shape and Cooking Light.
How Alcohol Affects Norvasc
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Norvasc is part of a group of drugs known as calcium channel blockers. It relaxes your blood vessels and improves blood flow. It is used to treat high blood pressure and chest pains. Drinking alcohol while taking Norvasc may affect your blood pressure and interfere with how the medication works. It may be safe to consume alcohol while taking Norvasc, but only your health care provider can determine what is best.

High Blood Pressure

Blood pressure is the measurement of the force against your artery walls when your heart pumps and when your heart is at rest. The top number is the systolic pressure and it represents the force against your artery walls when your heart pumps blood throughout your body. The bottom number is the diastolic pressure and represents the pressure against your artery walls in between beats. High blood pressure increases your risk for cardiovascular disease.

Norvasc

Norvasc is the brand name for the generic drug amlodipine. It helps lower your blood pressure, which decreases your risk of heart attack. It is important to take Norvasc as your doctor directs. Norvasc is often part of a complete lifestyle program that includes dietary changes and an exercise regimen to improve your cardiovascular health. Norvasc may interact with other drugs, supplements, vitamins and herbs. Tell your doctor if you taking other medications.

Alcohol

Lifestyle choices the affect your blood pressure may complicate your condition and effect the way Norvasc works. Alcohol is a depressant drug that inhibits your central nervous system. According to MayoClinic.com, having three or more drinks in one sitting can temporarily increase your blood pressure. If you have high blood pressure, you should avoid drinking alcohol, notes MayoClinic.com. If you cannot avoid drinking, consult your doctor about what amount is safe to consume while taking Norvasc.

Side Effects

Norvasc may cause side effects. These side effects include upset stomach, headache, stomach pain, dizziness, fatigue and flushing. These are generally mild and are not cause for concern. However, seek immediate medical attention if your experience more serious side effects, such as pounding heart, fainting, chest pain and irregular heartbeat.

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