FazaClo and Alcohol
FazaClo generic name clozapine is also sold under brand names Clozaril, FazaClo Orally-Disintegrating Tablets, Clopine, Clozapine Synthon, Denzapine oo Zapenex and belongs to the family of antipsychotic drugs and works by changing the actions of chemicals in the brain.
The drug is used to treat severe schizophrenia and is also used to reduce the risk of suicidal behavior in people with that disease or similar disorders and is usually used when other drugs have failed.
It is suggested that you do not drink alcohol while using this drug as it will greatly increase known side effects.
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.
FazaClo is not to be used to treat psychotic conditions for those with dementia and may cause heart failure, sudden death, pneumonia in older adults with these conditions.
Before starting the drug it is suggested that you advise your physician if you are allergic to this drug, any other drug or substance, have untreated or uncontrolled epilepsy, bone marrow disorder, paralytic ileus, intestinal blockage, history of infection when taking FazaClo or if taking a drug that can weaken your immunity system, heart disease, heart rhythm disorder, high blood pressure, history of heart attack or stroke, lung disease, liver disease, kidney disease, diabetes, history of bone marrow, blood cell disorders, enlarged prostate, urination problems, glaucoma or if you smoke.
Less serious side effects are constipation, dry mouth, blurred vision, night drooling, increased sweating, drowsiness, dizziness, spinning sensation or sleep problems. If these occur call your physician for advice.
Serious side effects are fever, chills, body aches, flu symptoms, mouth and throat ulcers, cough, sore throat, rapid heart rate, rapid shallow breathing, seizure, skin rash, bruising, severe tingling, numbness, pain, muscle weakness, irregular heartbeats, chest pain, trouble breathing, short of breath, swelling in hands or feet, feeling faint, slow heart rate, weak pulse, high blood sugar, stiff rigid muscles, confusion, tremors, twitching, uncontrolled eye, lip, tongue, face, arms or leg movement, nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite and 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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