Etodolac and Alcohol
Etodolac is the generic name for this drug which is sold under the brand names Lodine and Lodine XL and belongs to the family of drugs known as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs which work reducing hormones that cause inflammation and pain in the body. These drugs treat the symptoms but do not treat the disease and are used to treat the symptoms of arthritis or osteoarthritis.
Note that Etodolac can increase the risk of heart attack or stroke.
It is suggested that you not drink alcohol while using this drug as the side effects will 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 it is suggested that you advise your physician if you are allergic to any drugs or substances, have a history of heart attack, stroke, blood clot, heart disease, congestive heart failure, high blood pressure, a history of stomach ulcers or bleeding, liver or kidney disease, asthma, polyps in your nose, a bleeding or blood clotting disorder or if you smoke.
Less serious side effects are upset stomach, mild heartburn, stomach pain, diarrhea, constipation, bloating, gas, dizziness, headache, nervousness, skin itching or rash, sore throat, stuffy nose, blurred vision or ringing in your ears. If these occur call your physician for advice.
Serious side effects are chest pain, weakness, short of breath, slurred speech, vision or balance problems, blck bloody stools, coughing up granular vomit, swelling or rapid weight gain, change in urination pattern, nausea, stomach pain, low fever, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay colored stools, jaundice, fever, sore throat, headache, blistering and peeking of the skin, bruising, severe tingling, numbness, pain, muscle weakness, neck stiffness, chills, sensitive to light, purple spots on skin or seizures. If these occur get emergency medical help.
This site serves as an information source only and does not dispense medical advice or any kind of advice. If you are seeking medical advice you are advised to consult your physician.
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