Gammagard and Alcohol Interaction

Gammagard and Alcohol

Gammagard is the generic name and is sold under brand names Carimune, Flebogamma, Gammagard, Gammagard S/D, Gammaplex, Gammar-P I.V., Octagam, Polygam S/D, Privigen and Sandoglobulin which is a sterilized solution made from human plasma. It has antibodies that help your body protect itself from varied diseases. This drug is injected into a vein.

This drug is used to treat primary immune deficiency disorders and helps to reduce the risk of infection for those with poor functioning immune systems as with chronic lymphocytic leukemia. It may also be used to increase the blood platelets which aid in clotting for those folk with idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura. It may also be used to prevent an aneurysm which may be caused by a weakening of the main artery in the heart as associated with Kawasaki syndrome.

Do not consume alcohol while using this drug as the known 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 Gammagard advise your physician if you have ever had an allergic reaction to an immune gobulin or if you have immune globulin A deficiency with antibody to IgA., if you are allergic to any other drug or substance, if you have kidney disease, diabetes, history of stroke or blood clot, heart disease, high blood pressure, paraproteinemia or are over 65 years old.

Side Effects

Less serious side effects are mild headache, dizziness, tired feeling, back pain, muscle, cramps, minor chest pain, warmth redness or tingling sensations. If these occur call your physician for advice.

Serious side effects are allergic reactions such as hives, difficult breathing, swelling of the face, lips, tongue or throat, changes in urinary patterns, drowsiness, confusion, mood changes, increased thirst, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, swelling, weight gain, short of breath, wheezing, tight chest, feeling faint, fever with headache, neck stiffness, chills, sensitive to light, purple spots on the skin, seizures, jaundice, dark urine, fever, confusion or weakness. 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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