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Gabapentin and Alcohol Interaction

Gabapentin and Alcohol

Gabapentin which is sold under the brand names Gabarone and Neurontin belong to a family of anti-epileptic drugs which function as anticonvulsants which work by affecting the chemicals and nerves in the body that are involved in the cause of seizures and some types of pain.

The drug can be used by itself or with other medications to treat seizures which are caused by epilepsy in adults or children older than 12 years. Gabapentin may also be used in combination with other medications to treat partial seizurs in children 3 to 12 years old. It is also used to treat nerve pain caused by herpes virus or shingles.

It is suggested that you discuss the consumption of alcohol with your physician while using this drug as the side effects may 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.

Before using Gabapentin advise your physician if you are allergic to this or any other drug or substance, have kidney, liver or heart disease, suicidal thoughts, mood or behavioural changes.

Side Effects

Less serious side effects are dizziness, drowsiness, weakness, tired feeling, lack of coordination, blurred vision, nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, loss of appetite, diarrhea, constipation, dry mouth, stuffy nose, sore throat, headache, insomnia, unusual dreams, acne or mild skin rash.

Side effects in children to watch for are changes in behaviour, memory problems, trouble concentrating, acting restless, hostile or aggressive. If these occur it is suggested to consult with your physician.

Serious side effects are increased seizures, fever, chills, body aches, flu symptoms, swelling of ankles or feet, confusion, darting of the eyes, trmors or easy bruising. 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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