Aranesp and Alcohol, Aranesp alcohol interaction, What is Aranesp

Aranesp and Alcohol speaks to Aranesp alcohol interaction, what is Aranesp and Aranesp side effects.

Aranesp generic name Darbepoefin Alfa is used to treat anemia in patients with chronic kidney failure or for certain types of cancer. It is also used for other purposes. The drug is similar to a natural human protein known as erythropoietin and works by stimulating the bone marrow to produce more red blood cells. It is thought that an increased number of red blood cells may reduce symptoms of anemia.

Aranesp and alcohol should be used in moderation if at all as it will magnify the side effects of drowsiness and dizziness.

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.

Do not use Aranesp if you are pregnant, planning to do so or are breast feeding, if you are taking prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal or dietary supplement, if you have allergies to medicines, foods or other substances, if you have a history of seizures, decreased kidney function, kidney failure, sickle cell anemia, porphyria, hermolytic anemia, thalassemia, bleeding or clotting problems, stroke, heart problems, diabetes or high blood pressure, if you have bloody stools, recent injury, cancer, bone problems, bowel disease, rheumatoid arthritis, low blood iron, folic acid, vitamin B12 levels or high blood aluminum levels.

Side Effects

Less serious side effects of Aranesp and alcohol are constipation, cough, diarrhea, dizziness, headache, muscle, joint, back or stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, pain, swelling, irritation, redness or bruising at the injection site, tiredness or weakness. If these occur call your physician for advice.

Serious side effects of Aranesp and alcohol are severe allergic reaction, rash, hives, itching, difficulty breathing, chest tightness, swelling of the mouth face lips or tongue, blurred vision or vision changes, chest pain, confusion, fainting, irregular heartbeat, fever, chills, sore throat, one side weakness, pale skin, redness, tenderness or swelling of the calf, seizures, severe diarrhea, dizziness, headache, stomach pain, vomiting, tiredness or weakness, slurred speech, sudden pain or numbness of an arm or leg, shortness of breath, trouble walking, loss of balance, swelling of the arms or legs, vision or speech problems or weight gain. 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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