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Alcohol withdrawal, high BP - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   hi
User :   Dr Karthi here
User :   How may i help you?
User :   were you able to read my initial inquiry?
User :   No
User :   can i go back and copy it and come was detailed and alot.
User :   U can type it for me
User :   Goin back will not be possible
User :   U will loose the chat session
User :   Can you breif me in short
User :   ok. i have been monitoring my BP as it has been high (doctor put me on something for water retention and blood pressure last week. I just took it and it is 122/96... the numbers have been getting closer together and I had heard that it was a bad thing. You should know that I am a drinker of 8-12 beers daily (high stress job of parole officer--yes...self-medicating). I was not gonna drink today as I have been feverish 99.7-101.5 off and on all day and weak and lethargic and shockingly no appetite. should I be worried?
User :   I am sorry might be there some technical snags thats why your query is not displayed
User :   do you see it now?
User :   Ok i got it now
User :   give me moment let me read the query
User :   worried about the BP NOT the appetite...
User :   Your BP range falls in moderate hypertension
User :   How many consequitive readings did you check for
User :   Hypertension is confirmed with atleast three consequitive readings on alternate days
User :   ok, whew. that is good. none since that last one. can you give any tips for self-detoxing from alcohol?
User :   Yes
User :   Have you ever tried Deaddiction for alcohol
User :   is it a commercial product? I have been on Campral twice.
User :   in detox clinics. yes, not proud of this, but it is what it is.
User :   I was considering weaning off of it one beer a day decrease...
User :   It a simple drug which acts by producing unwanted/ unpleasent experience along with alcohol letting consume no alcoho0l
User :   That will a very good option
User :   All you need is determinatiopn
User :   are you referring to antibuse?
User :   *determination
User :   Not like that , the drug will cause irritable effect with alcohol there by helps quitting
User :   You dont have to term yourself Abuse
User :   so i should not worry about physical side effects from quitting cold turkey...on the weekends I drink more, it that matters.
User :   Yes you should
User :   i read that you should take B5 and B12.
User :   Try reduce the frequency, don't make it regular
User :   These are vitamin supplemnts
User :   what is the name of the medication you were talking about?
User :   Generally in high alcohol consumption the absorption of vitamins will decrease in the gut
User :   Hence advise supplements
User :   any others than were mentioned?
User :   Disulfiram is the drug
User :   what should I look for when quitting clold turkey, which is what I would like to do rather than the once i get started.....
User :   Your age?
User :   40
User :   ok
User :   All you need is determination, and you will find waysz to overcome
User :   Try stress releiving activities like Yoga/meditation
User :   A brisk walk when you feel tempted to drink or even vigirous excercise
User :   with a long family history of cancer, alcoholism, cirrosis (sp), emphysema, and diabetes. i personally have a history of asthma, GERD, depression/stress. i have recently started at CURVES.
User :   Ok
User :   when i quit smoking i gained 70 pounds. that isn't healthy either. hence the depression.
User :   Stress and GERD are caused due to excess alcohol intake, so u can remove these from your list if you determine
User :   Smoking is another difficult task
User :   Are trying any nicotine patches
User :   That should help you
User :   i am getting off track. sorry. so when i quit, what symptoms should I look for that I should do something about. NO NO I QUIT 1/6/09 after 20 years. did it with Chantix.
User :   have no desire to smoke whatsoever!
User :   yeah me. :-)
User :   Any kind of tremors/ excessive sweating/ palpitaions
User :   *palpitations
User :   if this occurs should i be worried? I have had it start before in the early evening and i start drinking
User :   You dont have to worry you will slowly get control over the su=ituation
User :   To start with reduce the dose of alcohol
User :   then taper it regularly and slowly quit
User :   It sounds very weird but this will be the best way to quit alcohol
User :   Weaning...good that was what I was intending to do. What BP with detox should worry me?
User :   No
User :   Check for another three readings randomly then decide
User :   it was 172/118 the other day before i drank and 122/96 tonight...very sporadic.
User :   Its purely related to stress kind of situation, Was it
User :   i was waiting in line to get some meds at the heart was beating out of my chest which is what made me check it.
User :   Ok thats palpitation
User :   that is normal right?
User :   It happens to all of us at times
User :   Its normal
User :   But if persistant then needs medical attention
User :   what supplements do you suggest?
User :   You can take Multivitamin tabs that will do
User :   Rather when reducing alcohol intake for sure will need no supplements
User :   oh ok. my doctor has me scheduled for a stress test....we shall see. i will start the weaning process then. thank you Dr. Karthi.
User :   you have eased my mind for tonight.
User :   Is there anything else i can help you with?

User :   thanks for consulting me
User :   can you offer any help regarding a 16 year old daughter???
User :   lol
User :   Yes
User :   proceed
User :   well, looks like our time is up. thank you for all of your advice and encouragement.
User :   Its was my pleasure helping you

User :   bye for now
User :   thank you. have a good night and take care.
User :   bye
User :   Same here
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