Azopt and Alcohol
Azopt generic name brinzolamide is known as a carbonic anhydrase inhibitor that is used to treat increased pressure in the eye caused by a condition known as open-angle glaucoma as well as a condition known as hypertension of the eye.
It is suggested that you consult with your physician before consuming alcohol while using this drug.
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.
Only adults should use Azopt as studies have not been done on use of the drug with children.
Less serious side effects of Azopt and alcohol are bitter sour or unusual taste, blurred vision after use of the medicine, burning, stinging, discomfort when medicine is applied, dry eye or runny nose. If these occur call your physician for advice.
Serious side effects of Azopt and alcohol are discharge from the eye, feel something in the eye, headache, redness, soreness, irritation or pain of the eye or eyelid, skin rash, chest pain, dizziness, excess muscle tone, hair loss, hives, kidney pain, itching, swelling or signs of eyelid irritation, seeing double, shortness of breath or sore throat. If these occur get emergency medical aid.
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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