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Gardasil and Alcohol Interaction

Gardasil and Alcohol

Gardasil generic name human papillomavirus vaccine belongs to a family of drugs that is used to prevent genital warts and cervical/vaginal/anal cancres caused by HPV types 6, 11,16 and 18 in girls and young women ages 9 to 26. It is also used to prevent genital warts caused by HPV types 6 and 11 in boys and in young men ages 9 through 26.

It is recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that all girls be vaccinated ages 11 and 12. The vaccination is also recommended for girls and women ages 13 to 26 and haven’t been previously vaccinated.

You may be vaccinated even if you have already had genital warts, had a positive HPV test or abnormal pap smears. Please note that Gardasil will not treat active genital warts, HPV related cancers and it will not cure HPV infection.

It is suggested that you do not consume alcohol 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 Gardasil advise your physician if you are allergic to this drug or any other drug or substance, high fever, signs of infection, a weak immune system, bleeding or blood clotting disorder such as hemophilia or using a blood thinner such as warfarin, are pregnant, plan to become so or are breast feeding.

Side Effects

Less serious side effects are pain, swelling, redness, bruising or itching at injection site, mild fever, headache, dizziness, feeling tired, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, sleep problems, running or stuffed nose, sore throat, cough, tooth pain, joint or muscle pain.. If these occur call your physician for advice.

Serious side effects are severe stomach pain, swollen glands, bruising or bleeding, confusion, weakness, fever, chills, body aches, feeling sick, chest pain or short of breath. 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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