Ecallantide is a drug which is used to treat attacks of hereditary angiodema which is an immune system disorder and is not to be used for those less than 16 years old. It is not a cure for hereditary angiodema.
It is an injectable drug and should be given by health care professionals.
It is suggested that you discuss the drinking of alcohol with your physician as it may greatly increase the side effects.
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.
In an emergency situation it may not be possible before you are treated to tell your healthcare professionals about your health conditions or if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Make sure that all healthcare pople caring for you afterwards know that you have recived this drug.
Before using this drug advise your physician if you are allergic to this drug, any other drug or substance, if you are pregnant, plan to be so or are breastfeeding.
Less serious side effects are headache, stomach pain, nausea, vomiting diarrhea, fever, tired feeling, sore throat, pain, bruising, itching, redness, rash or irritation at the injection site. If these occur call your physician for advice.
Serious side effects are chest pain or discomfort, fast or weak heartbeat, flushing warmth redness or tingling feeling, feeling faint, itching rash hives, runny nose, sneezing, stuffy nose, wheezing, cough, throat irritation, trouble breathing, swelling of your face, lips, tongue or throat.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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