Estradiol and Alcohol Interaction

Estradiol and Alcohol

Estradiol is the generic name of this drug which is sold under the brand names Estrace, Femtrace and Gynodiol is a synthetic form of estrogen which is a female sex hormone produced by the ovaries and is necessary for other processes in the body.

The drug is used to treat symptoms of menopause such as hot flashes, vaginal dryness, burning and irritation. It is also used to prevent osteoporosis in postmenopausal women and replacement of estrogen in women with ovarian failure. It is also used to treat cancer in both men and women and may be used for other purposes.

Estradiol should not be used if you are pregnant as birth defects in the baby could occur.

It is suggested you do not use estradiol and alcohol together as 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.

Before starting this drug advise your physician if you have any allergies, have liver disease, abnormal vaginal bleeding, any kind of breast, urine or hormone dependant cancer, recent history of heart attack or stroke, blood clot, heart disease, kidney disease, jaundice, endometriosis, lupus, porphyria, gallbladder disease, underactive thyroid, asthma, epilepsy, seizure, migraines, low blood calcium or have had your uterus removed.

Side Effects

Less serious side effects are mild nausea, vomiting, bloating, stomach cramps, breast pain, tenderness, swelling, freckles or darkening of facial skin, loss of scalp hair, vaginal itching or discharge, changes in your 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 and shoulder, nausea, sweating, general ill feeling, sudden numbness or weakness on one side of the body, sudden severe headache, confusion, vision, speech, balance problems, stabbing chest pain, sudden cough, wheezing, rapid breathing, fast heart rate, pain, swelling, warmth, redness in one or both legs, a lump in the breast, feeling faint, pain, swelling or tenderness in your stomach 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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