Gemcitabine is drug that interferes with the growth and spread of cancer cells throughout the body and is commonly used to treat cancers of the pancreas, lung and breast. It is also used in combination with carboplation to treat ovarian cancer. It may also be used fpr other medical purposes and is given as an injection into a vein.
Do not use if you are pregnant, plan to become so or are breast feeding. It could well cause harm to the unborn baby.
Do not use this drug if you have had or plan to have a live vaccine injection and it is suggested you avoid those who have recently received a live vaccine.
Do not use this drug if allergic to it.
It is suggested that you do not drink alcohol not even moderate consumption while using this drug as it will greatly increase the likelihood of side effects.
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 starting this medication advise your physician if you are allergic to any other drugs or substances, have kidney disease, liver disease or if you are undergoing radiation treatment.
Less serious side effects are mild, nausea, vomiting, upset stomach, diarrhea, constipation, swelling in your hands, ankles or feet, skin rash, numbness or tingling, drowsiness or hair loss. If these occur call your physician for advice.
Serious side effectsIf 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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