Avelox and Alcohol Interaction

Avelox and Alcohol

Avelox generic name moxifloxacin is used to treat specific bacterial infections. It is known as a fluoroquinolone and works by eradicating sensitive bacteria by stopping the production of essential proteins needed by the bacteria to survive.

You should be aware that this drug is associated with increased risk of tendon problems which include pain, swelling, inflammation and increased chance of breakage of tendons.

It is suggested that Avelox and Alcohol not be used together as there is an increased risk of dizziness, drowsiness and lightheadedness.

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 the drug if you are allergic to any of the ingredients, quinolone antibiotics, if you have a specific type of irregular heartbeat, low blood potassium levels, taking a cisapride class 1A or 111 antiarrhythmic.

Before starting Avelox advise your physician if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant or are breast feeding, taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal or dietary supplement, if you have allergies, stomach infection, liver problems, brain or nervous system problems, muscle problems, pressure in the brain, Alzeimer disease, brain blood vessel problems, seizures, severe diarrhes skin sensitivity to light, low potassium levels, irregular heartbeat, angina, heart attack, jpint or tendon problems, rheumatoid arthritis, kidney problems or decreased function, heart, kidney or lung transplant.

Side Effects

Less serious side effects of Avelox and alcohol are diarrhea, dizziness, headache, nausea, trouble sleeping or vomiting. If these occur call your physician for advice.

Serious side effects of Avelox and alcohol are rash, hives, itching, difficult breathing, chest tightness, swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, bloody or tarry stools, burning, numbness, tingling, pain, weakness in the arms, hands, legs, feet, chest pain, dark urine, decreased urination, fainting, fever, chills, unusual cough, hallucinations, inability to bear weight, irregular heartbeat, joint pain, sunburn, mood or mental changes, nervousness, sleeplessness, muscle pain or weakness, pain, sore, red, swelling, weakness of a tendon or joint, pale stools, sore throat, red, swollen blistered or peeling skin, seizures, severe diarrhea, dizziness, shortness of breath, stomach pain or cramps, suicidal thoughts, tumor, unusual bruising or bleeding, tiredness or weakness, vaginal yeast infection, vision changes or jaundice. 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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