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Fentanyl and Alcohol
Fentanyl which is sold under the brand names Fentora and Onsolis and belongs to the family of opiate narcotic pain medicine and is used to control cancer pain that cannot be controlled by other medicines. The drug is not for treating pain that is not cancer related and may be used for other purposes.
It is suggested that you do 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.
Do not use Fentanyl if you are already using another pain killer or if your body is known to be opiate intolerant or if you have used an MAO inhibitor in the last 14 days.
Before using this drug it is suggested that you advise your physician if you have a breathing disorder such as COPD chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, a history of head injury or brain tumour, heart rhythm disorder, seizures or epilepsy, mental illness, depression, hallucinations, low blood pressure, liver or kidney disease or a history of drug or alcohol addiction.
Less serious side effects are nausea, vomiting, constipation, dizziness, drowsiness, headache, feeling weak or tired, swelling in the hands or feet or pain or mouth sores where the tablet was placed. If these occur contact your physician for advice.
Serious side effects are weak or shallow breathing, pale skin, light headedness, short of breath, rapid heart rate, trouble concentrating, extreme thirst, unable to urinate, heavy sweating or hot and dry skin. 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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