Femara and alcohol
Femara generic name letrozole belongs to a family of drugs that lowers estrogen levels in postmenopausal women an is used to slow the growth of certain types of breast tumours that require estrogen to spur growth in the body. It’s use is to treat breast cancer in postmenopausal women and is often given to women who have been using tamoxifen for 5 years.
It is suggested that you do not consume alcohol while using this drug as it may be very hard on the liver function.
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 use this drug if you are pregnant, plan to become so or are breast feeding. It may be harmful to the baby in the womb.
Before using Femara advise your physician if you are allergic to this or any other drug or substance, as to any other prescription, non-prescription drug including herbal, vitamins or herbal products.
Less serious side effects are hot flashes, warmth or redness in your face or chest, headache, muscle or joint pain, night sweats, weight gain, fatigue, feeling weak, nausea, swelling in your hands, feet or legs. If these occur you are advise to contact your physician for advice.
Serious side effects are allergic reactions such as hives, breathing difficulty, swelling of your face, lips, tongue or throat. if these occur it is suggested that you get immediate 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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