Many doctors believe drinking a small amount of alcohol while taking an angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitor is safe for most people. If you do choose to drink, use caution and drink moderately. Moderate drinking is up to one drink per day for women and up to two drinks per day for men. Too much alcohol can cause long-term health problems. These may include heart disease, stroke, liver disease, and cancers.
Alcohol can make you dizzy, lightheaded, or dehydrated. ACE inhibitors can sometimes make your blood pressure get too low. This can also cause you to feel dizzy or faint. The two together can make these symptoms worse. Be extra careful when you first start or raise the dose of an ACE inhibitor because you don’t know how it will affect you.
So, remember: drink in moderation, and be careful when you mix alcohol with an ACE inhibitor.
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