Gammaplex generic name immune globulin which is also sold under the brand names Flebogamma, Gammagard, Gammagrd S/D, Gammar-P, Gamunex, Octagam, PolygamS/D, Privigen and Sandoglobulin. This drug is a sterilized solution made from human plasm and contains antibodies to help your body protect itself against infection from disease.
It is used to treat primary immune deficiency conditions in which severe impairment of antibody forming capacity is evident. It is also used to increase blood clotting cells (platelets) in people with idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura. It may also be used for other purposes.
It is suggested that alcohol not be consumed not even moderate drinking while using this drug.
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 this drug advise your physician if you have ever had an allergic reaction to an immune globlin or if you have immune globlin A deficiency with antibody to IgA, if you are allergic to any other drug or substance, have kidney disease, diabetes especially if using insulin, history of stroke or bllod clot, heart disease, high blood pressure, paraproteinemia or if over 65 years old, if you are pregnant, plan to become so or are breast feeding.
Less serious side effects are mild headache, dizziness, tired feeling, back pain, muscle cramps, minor chest pain or warmth, redness or tingling feeling. If these occur call your physician for advice.
Serious side effects are changes in urinary patterns or not at all, drowsiness, confusion, mood changes, increased thirst, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, swelling, weight gain, short of breath, wheezing, tight chest, faint, fever with headache, neck stiffness, chills, light sensitive, skin purple spots, seizure, convulsion, jaundice, dark urine, allergic symptoms hives, breathing difficulty, swelling of the lips tongue or throat. 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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