Extavia , generic name interferon-1b is a drug made from human proteins that help the body fight viral infections and useful in treating relapsing multiple sclerosis.
It does not cure the disease but simply decreases the frequency of the relapse symptoms. The drug may also be used for other purposes.
Do not use Extavia if you are pregnant if you are pregnant as birth defects in the baby could occur or it may cause a miscarriage.
It is suggested that you do not consume alcohol while using this drug not even moderate drinking as it may have increased negative side effects on the liver.
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.
Before starting the drug discuss with your physician if you are allergic to the drug or to human albumin, have suicidal or depressed thoughts, have liver disease, a thyroid disorder, epilepsy, seizure disorders, bleeding or blood clotting disorder, hemophilia or anemia.
Less serious side effects are weakness, headache, muscle pain, weakness, sleep problems, stomach pain, swelling in hands or feet, skin rash or irregular menstrual periods. If these occur call your physician for advice.
Serious side effects are depressed mood, anxiety, trouble sleeping, restlessness, suicidal thoughts, bruising, swelling, oozing, skin changes at injection site, weight changes, pounding heartbeat, feeling hot or cold, fever, chills, body aches, flu symptoms, nausea, stomach pain, low fever, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay colored stools or jaundice. If these occur get emergency medical aid.
This site serves as an information source only and does not dispense medical advice. If you are seeking medical advice you are advised to consult your own physician.
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