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Old aged, diabetic, high BP, heart patient, addicted to alcohol. What are the meds to get rid of drinking habit?

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My query is regarding my father aged 56. He is currently a heart patient (suffered an attack 3 years ago) as well as suffering from High BP and Diabetes (Since close to 10 years). He also consumes alcohol on a daily basis for over 30 years. The problem is that we as a family are fed up with his drinking habits and quarreling for small-small things with all family members and creating anti-social atmosphere. We are worried that too much shouting after drinking would increase his BP and might again go through cardiac arrest. Kindly suggest few medicines we can give him to get rid of his drinking habits which would not harm his heart and which can be taken in food. Also want to know that in india now a days many TV channels are coming up with herbal medicines to get rid of addiction. Eg: WWW.WWWW.WW Can we trust this herbal treatment and is it advisable to give it to my father?

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Krunal Kansara
Asked On : Fri, 12 Apr 2013
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Internal Medicine Specialist 's  Response
There are not many drugs available for alcohol addiction especially for someone having hypertension with cardiac problems.
Disulpharum as a alcohol deaddiction agent has been tried but needs to be done after carefully assessing the other comorbid conditions.
I would advise you to get in touch with a qualified psychiatrist rather than trying unknown herbal medicines yourself.
Answered: Fri, 12 Apr 2013
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Diabetologist Dr. Pratap VGM's  Response
DEAR SIR/MADAM

DISULFIRAM IS USUALLY USED FOR ALCOHOL DEADDICTION, BUT AGAIN IT REALLY IS VERY DANGEROUS IN PATIENTS WITH CARDIOVASCULAR RISKS.

A COMPREHENSIVE PSYCHIATRIC AND PSYCHOLOGICAL COUNSELLING IS NEED FOR THE PATIENT.

SOME HERBAL MEDICINES CONTAINS HEAVY METALS WHICH MIGHT REALLY TROUBLE KIDNEYS AND LIVER. SO IT SHOULD BE TAKEN WITH ADEQUATE PRECAUTIONS WITH THE ADVICE OF RESPECTIVE SPECIALIST.
Answered: Sun, 14 Apr 2013
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Cardiologist Dr. Anantharamakrishnan's  Response
Hi friend,
Welcome to Health Care Magic

He must be admitted to a de-addiction centre....
He needs Psychiatric assessment and assistance...
With Diabetes, Blood Pressure and Heart Attack - he will need careful supervision, de-detoxification and de-addiction.
It will be very difficult to treat - unless he has motivation / family, social and peer support have an important role...
It may be dangerous to take different systems of medicine at the same time - drug interaction is a real danger.

Take care
Wishing speedy recovery
God bless
Good luck
Answered: Sat, 13 Apr 2013
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