Fentanyl Citrate Alcohol Interaction

Fentanyl Citrate Alcohol

Fentanyl Citrate is the generic name given a strong opiate pain medicine that is very addictive and as such is a federally controlled substance. It is used for both short and chronic long term pain control.

It is suggested that you do not consume alcohol while taking this medication as it can make a person very sleepy and may lead to unconsciousness.

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.

It is suggested that you check with your physician before taking other medications with Actiq such as pain killers, anti-depressants, sleeping pills, anxiety medicines, antihistamines or tranquilizers.

Side effects of Fentanyl Citrate

  • trouble breathing
  • shallow breathing
  • drowsiness
  • dizzy, faint or confused

    Addiction to the drug is quite possible and if too much is ingested death may occur.

    This site serves as an information source only and does not dispense medical advice or any other type of advice. If you are seeking medical advice you are advised to consult your own physician.

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