I've been alcohol-free for almost three months while taking my HBP meds (Twynsta and Metoprolo.) I chose to do it this way because I wanted the full effect of the treatment and figured that not drinking would help it along. I've read that moderate or measured consumption of alcohol can actually be beneficial to your health and well-being even for people suffering from the hypertension. My doctor doesn't seem to think it'll hurt to have the occasional sip but I'm curious what you here think (or know) about the effects of alcohol on HBP
Since drinking alot of alcohol can effect your liver, that would increase the hypertention, however a drink once in a while shouldn't do much. Its long been thought that a glass of red wine a day is helpful. There was a small study down o a town in PA years ago, because being of italian descent they had a glass of red wine with their evening meal and they had very little heart disease and high blood pressure. They found that it did help them. If you want to have a glass of wine now and then and you check your blood pressure every day you can see if it does anything to you. I can't tell you personally because I don't drink, for other reasons.
Hi, the only thing i would be worried about when combining these medications with alcohol, is your BP lowering too much, which could leave you feeling faint/dizzy, etc. But if your doctor says the occasional drink is ok, then i'm sure he is right. Just limit the amount as much as possible
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