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Verapamil and alcohol
« on: Dec 30th, 2003, 7:21pm »
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Hi, I am newcomer to the site and a relative newcomer to the headaches as well.  I experienced my first cycle at age 34, and have now been PF for 6 days now with verapamil after about three weeks of headaches.
 
My question is regarding the interaction with alcohol and verapamil.  I think I read somewhere that you shouldn't take the medication with alcohol, but it doesn't say on the bottle.  I am by no means a big drinker, but I enjoy a drink now and then.  If I am going to be at  home, does anyone know of any adverse effects or anything I should worry about if I have a couple of beers?  I didn't have any around the time of the start of my cycle, so I don't think it is a "trigger" for me.
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Re: Verapamil and alcohol
« Reply #1 on: Dec 30th, 2003, 8:02pm »
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Good news!  The info that my insurance company's pharmacy sends says:
 
"Verapamil prolongs and intensifies the effects of alcohol in your system.  DO NOT DRINK ALCOHOL (or very carefully limit) while you are using this medicine."
 
On the other hand, grapefruit juice may intensify the effectiveness of the verapamil.  
 
I guess if you take your verapamil with grapefruit juice and vodka, you get  a boost in the verapamil from the grapefruit juice and a boost in the alcohol from the verapamil.  
 
I don't know what effect the vodka and verapamil might have on the grapefruit juice.  Can't find anything about it.
 
So unless you have a severe reaction to grapefruit juice, this may be the perfect combination.
 
I have noticed that since I get drunk a lot quicker now when I do drink.  I had been attributing it to being out of practice.  Maybe it's the verapamil, or both?
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« Reply #2 on: Dec 30th, 2003, 8:30pm »
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29 yrs chronic and have been taking 480 mgs everyday for over a decade......I drink lots of beer, I dont drive when I drink so there has been no problem for over ten years and no side effects.....(Yet.....LMAO Grin)
 
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Re: Verapamil and alcohol
« Reply #3 on: Dec 30th, 2003, 10:17pm »
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on Dec 30th, 2003, 7:21pm, HoosierFan wrote:
so I don't think it is a "trigger" for me.  

 
Only one way to find out for sure...   Grin
 
Alcohol + verapamil doesn't seem to cause me any problems.
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Re: Verapamil and alcohol
« Reply #4 on: Dec 30th, 2003, 10:23pm »
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I guess it depends on the person.  I stay away from alcohol completely as it is a trigger for my headaches.  But when I was still trying to drink, it seemed that the Verapamil and the alcohol did not get along well..
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Re: Verapamil and alcohol
« Reply #5 on: Dec 31st, 2003, 10:41am »
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Alcohol was never a trigger for me and when I was on vera, I took my usual drinks. No problem.
 
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