Can you drink alcohol when you are taking high blood pressure medication?
There are several types of high blood pressure medicines. Each of them lowers your blood pressure in a different way. High blood pressure medications include:
- ACE inhibitors - these help to control the hormones that affect blood pressure.
- Angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs) - these work on hormones in the same way as ACE inhibitors.
- Thiazide diuretics- these get rid of excess fluid in the body.
- Calcium channel blockers - these medicines have the effect of relaxing the artery walls to expand the arteries, thereby lowering blood pressure.
Most people need to take a combination of blood pressure medicines to ensure that their high blood pressure is controlled as much as possible.
It is not recommended to mix high blood pressure medications with drinking too much alcohol as it can have an effect on how well they treat your condition.
While you can drink a small amount of alcohol with some blood pressure medication, some medicines for high blood pressure can cause dizziness or drowsiness. Drinking alcohol can increase these effects, which is why it’s not recommended to drink alcohol while taking them.
Always read the patient leaflet which comes with your medication and ask your doctor if you are unsure as to whether you can drink alcohol while taking it.