Epogen and Alcohol
Epogen generic name epoetin alfa also sold under the brand name Procrit is a manufactured form of protein that helps your body to produce red blood cells. When you have kidney failure or use certain medications the amount of this protein in your body may be reduced. When fewer red blood cells are produced you may develop a condition called anemia. It is administered by injection.
It is suggested that you discuss the consumption of alcohol with your physician as the side effects of Epogen 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.
Be aware that this drug can increase the risk of life threatening heart or circulation problems and can increase the risk of heart attack or stroke.
Before starting the drug it is suggested that you advise your physician if you are allergic to any drugs, have untreated or uncontrolled high blood pressure, allergy to animal byproducts, allergy to albumin, heart disease, congestive heart failure, kidney disease, history of stroke, heart attack, blood clots, blood clotting disorder, cancer, epilepsy or seizures.
Less serious side effects are dizziness, mild headache, fever, sore throat, body aches, flu symptoms, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, pain at injection site. If these occur call your physician for advice.
Serious side effects are allergic reactions, chest pain or heaviness, pain in arm and shoulder, nausea, sweating, feeling ill, short of breath, numbness, weakness on one side, sudden headache, confusion, vision, speech, balance problems, pain or swelling in the legs, fainting or seizure. 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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