Toprol and Alcohol?

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*Bella*
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   Posted 2/16/2007 7:36 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm taking 1 25mg Toprol every night at 8pm. My cardio advised me to take it at night in case it made me tired, which it didn't. I have some parties and weddings coming up and I'm wondering if it's safe to drink alcohol (wine, beer, mixed rum drinks), while taking Toprol?

I just don't want to do something to injure myself. Thanks so much to anyone who can help.

Sarita
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   Posted 2/16/2007 7:53 PM (GMT -7)   
You are taking a very low dose of the beta blocker, so you probably won't notice any difference if you drink alcohol, although it has the potential to make you more drowsy; the beta blocker might not be as effective on your palpitations, either.  If I were you, I'd avoid getting hammered but try to have fun :-)

*Bella*
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   Posted 2/16/2007 8:36 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Sarita! I've been scared to drink anything with alcohol for fear of not knowing what would happen. I've never been on this type of medication so I wasn't sure what the alcohol interactions were. Thanks so much for helping me!

Sarita
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   Posted 2/16/2007 10:18 PM (GMT -7)   

The following tend to make people prone to palpitations feel them more acutely: alcohol, caffeine, nicotine, lack of sleep, anxiety, and certain medications.  I always found that caffeine and lack of sleep particularly had an effect on me.  Because alcohol is a depressant, it might make your heart beat slower, and like I said it might make you more aware of your palpitations.  But again - I doubt a drink or two would have much an effect!

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