Entecavir is known as nucleoside analogue and is used to treat hepatitis B virus infection only in certain patients. It functions by reducing the amount of hepatitis B virus in the blood. It also prevents the multiplication of the virus and infecting new liver cells.
It is suggested that alcohol not be consumed while using this drug not even moderate consumption as it reduces the effectiveness of the drug and can result in extreme dizziness.
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 Baraclude if you are allergic to it or if you have a HIV infection and are not receiving HAART.
Before starting the drug advise your physician if you are pregnant, planning to become so, or are breast feeding, if taking any prescription or nonprescription drugs, herbal or dietary supplements, if you have allergies to medicine, food or other substances, if you have HIV, kidney problems, on dialysis or had a liver transplant.
Less serious side effects are diarrhea, drowsiness, headache, indigestion, nausea, tiredness, trouble sleeping or vomiting. If these occur call your physician for advice.
Serious side effects are severe allergic reactions, rash, hives, itching, difficult breathing, chest tightness, swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, dark colored urine, fast or irregular heartbeat, feeling cold in the arms or legs, light colored bowel movements, loss of appetite, muscle pain, severe dizziness, severe nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, weakness 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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