Duragesic and Alcohol Interaction, What is Duragesic

Duragesic and Alcohol interaction speaks to what is Duragesic and side effects.

Duragesic generic name fentanyl transdermal is a skin patch which belongs to the family of drugs known as an opiot narcotic pain medicine which is used to treat moderate to severe chronic pain. It should not be used for treating mild or occasional pain or pain from surgery. It may also be used for other medicinal purposes.

It is suggested that you do not drink alcohol while using this drug as side effects will be greatly increased.

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.

Before using Duragesic advise your physician if you have allergies to opiates or any other drug, have a breathing disorder such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, history of head injury or brain tumor, heart rhythm disorder, liver disease or kidney disease.

Side Effects

Less serious side effects are fever, constipation, diarrhea, dry mouth, nausea, vomiting, upset stomach, headache, drowsiness, weakness, feeling tired, anxious or nervous, stuffy nose, sneezing, sore throat, sweating, skin rash, itching, blistering, redness or swelling where the patch is worn. If these occur call your physician for advice.

Serious side effects are slow heart rate, weak or shallow breathing, sighing, confusion, hallucinations, unusual thoughts or actions, severe weakness, faint feelings, cold, clammy skin, pale skin, bruising or bleeding. 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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