Estrace and Alcohol
Estrace generic name estradiol oral is a type of estrogen which is a female sex hormone which is produced by the ovaries and is required for many purposes in the female body. It is used to treat the symptoms of menopause such as hot flashes, vaginal dryness, burning and irritation.
Other uses include prevention of osteoporosis for postmenopausal women as well as replacement of estrogen in women with ovarian failure or any other condition that cause a lack of estrogen production in the body. It is sometimes used as a part of cancer treatment for women and is sometimes used for other purposes.
Estrace should not be used if you are pregnant as birth defects in the baby could occur.
It is advised that the consumption of estrace and alcohol be discussed with your physician.
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.
Do not smoke while using Estrace as there may be serious side effects.
Before starting this drug advise your physician if you are allergic to this drug or any other, have liver disease, abnormal vaginal bleeding, any type of breast, uterine or hormone dependant cancer, recent history of heart attack or stroke, pregnant or history of blood clots, heart disease, kidney disease, jaundice, endometriosis, lupus, porphyria, gallbladder disease, underactive thyroid, asthma, epilepsy or seizures, migraines, low levels of blood calcium or if you have had a hysterectomy.
Less serious side effects are mild nausea, vomiting, bloating, stomach cramps, breast pain, tenderness or swelling, freckles or darkening of facial skin, loss of scalp hair, vaginal itching or discharge, changes in menstrual periods or break through bleeding. If these occur call your physician for advice.
Serious side effects are unusual vaginal bleeding, chest pain spreading to the arm or shoulder, nausea, sweating, general ill feeling, numb or weak on one side of the body, sudden severe headache, confusion, vision, speech or balance problems, stabbing chest pain, sudden cough, wheezing, rapid breathing, fast heart rate, pain, swelling, warmth , redness in one or both legs, nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, increased thirst, muscle weakness, confusion, tired, restless, a lump in your breath, faint, stomach pain or swelling 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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