Acyclovir and Alcohol speaks to Acyclovir Alcohol interaction, what is Acyclovir and Acyclovir side effects.
Acyclovir is known as the brand name Zovirax and is an antiviral drug which is used to slow the growth and spread of the herpes virus. It is not a cure but will control the symptoms until the body itself can fight off the infection. Acyclovir is also used for other purposes.
Alcohol should not be consumed while using Acyclovir as it will greatly reduce the effect of the medication.
At this time the medical community defines moderate consumption of alcohol as no more than two drinks per day and no more than 14 drinks per week. Anything more than that is considered an unhealthy dependency on alcohol that may have adverse social, family and health consequences.
If a person drinks only once or twice a week but drinks on the same days each week and more than two drinks this is considered as an alcohol dependency.
If a person binge drinks at any time during the week this is also considered as alcoholism.
Some consider alcoholism as a disease while others consider it an addiction which is the result of personal choice and character fault. This school of thought blames the alcoholism on life style choices.
Personally I consider alcoholism a genetic tendency as I have seen families of alcoholics even when they live far apart. These unfortunate people are probably dependent on alcohol from the first drink.
When alcohol interacts with prescription over the counter drugs it usually results in negative health effects most especially liver damage as the main organ affected.
It is suggested that before taking this or any other drug you have a frank and honest discussion with your physician as to your drinking habits. This may be difficult as many alcoholics are in a state of denial as to their drinking habits.
I have also noticed that many alcoholics are not subject to the morning after illness that most of us suffer through when we drink too much. Severe alcoholics usually find if they feel “shakey” in the morning, a drink will make them feel more normal.
There is no known harmful effect of the drug on pregnant women. If pregnant women have herpes at the time of birth it can be passed to the baby during child birth.
Do not take Acyclovir if you are allergic to the drug or valacyclovir (Valtex). Do not take the drug if you have kidney disease. However Acyclovir should not be used if breat feeding a baby.
Less serious side effects are nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite, stomach pain, headache, feeling light headed or swelling in your hands and feet. If these occur call your physician for advice
Serious side effects are pain in your lower back, urinating less than usual or not at all, easy bruising or bleeding or unusual weakness.If these occur get emergency medical help.
This site serves as an information source only and does not dispense medical advice or any other kind of advice. If you are seeking medical advice you are advised to consult your own physician.
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