Fondaparinux is the generic name for a drug commonly used to prevent deep vein thrombosis which is a condition in which blood clots form in the blood vessels of the legs. If these clots form and travel to the lungs they can become lodged in the blood vessels of the lungs. This condition is known as pulmonary embolism.
This drug is often used for several days after surgery for hip surgery, or hip or knee replacement surgery and sometimes abdominal surgery when you are unable to walk when blood clots are likely to form. This drug is often used with warfarin to treat acute deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism. This drug must be used under strict medical supervision because of the severity of the side effects.
Do not use consume alcohol and this drug not even moderate drinking as the interactions and side effects are more likely to occur and be of increased severity.
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.
Less serious side effects are pale skin, trouble breathing with exertion, unusual bleeding or bruising, unusual tiredness and weakness, black tarry stools, bladder pain, bleeding gums, blood in the urine or stools, blurred vision, chest pain, chills, blood under skin, confusion, convulsions, cough, decreased or cloudy urine, dark purple bruise, difficult, burning, painful urination, dizziness, dry mouth, fainting or lightheaded when standing, fever, frequent urge to urinate, increased thirst, irregular heartbeat, itching, pain, redness, swelling at injection site, loss of appetite, lower back or side pain, mood changes, muscle pain, cramps, nausea, vomiting, tingling in hands, feet or lips, red spots on skin, oozing at incision, shortness of breath, sore throat, sores, ulcers or white spots on the lips or in the mouth or sudden sweating. If these occur call your physician for advice.
Serious side effects are abdominal or stomach pain or swelling, bruising or purple areas on the skin, coughing up blood, decreased alertness, headache, joint pain or swelling or nose bleeds. 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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