so i have my 18th coming up next week (woohoo) and i'm not exactly sure if i'm allowed to drink? obviously i won't go over board cos i know i'm not allowed to do that but is a few casual drinks ok? thanks 

p.s. the medication i'm currently on is tritace, bicor and amioderone 


Cheers !

by IAN MC - 2020-05-29 15:13:42

I am drinking a very pleasant large glass of Australian wine as I write this so I am not at all anti-alcohol BUT :-

- You are taking some fairly heavy-duty drugs and all 3 of them can potentially interact with alcohol.

- Tritace ( ramipril ) reduces your blood pressure. Taking alcohol at the same time may reduce it too much and you could end up feeling dizzy and may even faint. You could hurt yourself. The same applies to Bicor ( bisoprolol ) plus alcohol.

- Amiodarone, if you're unlucky already comes with side-effects and alcohol MAY make the side-effects worse particularly its effect on your liver.

On the other hand, it is your 18th birthday and a celebration is in order.  Why not try one small beer or glass of wine beforehand and see if it affects you badly or not.  If it does you will know to give it a miss !

Have a great birthday and if you do decide to have a drink or two enjoy it ....but TAKE CARE


Alcohol and pacemakers

by Gotrhythm - 2020-05-30 12:34:34

Alcohol won't affect your pacemaker one way or the other. In fact, the pacemaker is totally independent of any substance circulating in your bloodstream.

Whether alcohol (or any substance) would be good for you, or, not bad for you, has nothing to do with your pacemaker.



by AgentX86 - 2020-05-31 12:18:44

At 18, I wouldn't sweat the alcohol at all (up to the falling down level).  The Ameoderone would concern me a lot, unless it were a (very) temorary measure.  Ameoderone is the most toxic of the antiarrhythmics and probably as toxic as any other drug being marketed today.  I've read med sites that instead of saying "may cause theseee reactions ...", they use words like "taken long enough, will cause ...".  My cardiologist would give it to me for no longer than six months at a time.  He said that if I were 85, instead of 65 (at the time), he'd have no trouble leaving me on it but at 65, no more than six months.


by ckn - 2020-06-03 15:21:03

If you want a quick answer, phoning your pharmacist may help you decide. The pacemaker isn't an issue, it's the drugs you're on. Then at least you will know the offical answer and can make a decision from there. Happy birthday!

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