Emend and Alcohol
Emend generic name aprepitant belongs to a family of drugs that block the actions of chemicals in the body that trigger nausea and vomiting. It is used with other medications to prevent nausea and vomiting which occurs by surgery or cancer chemotherapy. It is given ahead of time and will not help nausea and vomiting as it is occurring.
Do not take Emend when using cisaoride or pimozide as it may cause life threatening interactions, or if you are allergic to similar drugs or if you have liver disease
It is suggested that alcohol not be consumed when using this drug as the side effects may 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.
Less serious side effects are nausea, vomiting, heartburn, stomach pain, diarrhea, constipation, loss of appetite, hiccups, hair loss, headache, dizziness, tired feeling, mild skin rash, ringing in the ears or sleep problems. If these occur call your physician for advice.
Serious side effects are feeling faint, feeling hot and thirsty, unable to urinate, heavy sweating, hot and dry skin, fever, chills, body aches, flu symptoms or sores in your mouth and 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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