Havrix and Alcohol
Havrix generic name hepatitis A adult vaccine is also sold under the brand name Vaqta and is used as a vaccine against Hepatitis A which is a virus which causes inflammation of the liver, vomiting and jaundice and if untreated can lead to liver cancer, cirrhosis or death.
This disease is spread through contact with the stool (bowel movement) of a person who is infected with the hepatitis A virus and usually occurs by eating food or drinking water that has become contaminated as a result of being handled by an infected person.
It is suggested that you do not consume alcohol as the side effects especially for the liver 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.
The Havrix vaccine works by exposing you to a small amount of the virus which allows the body to develop immunity to the disease but will not treat an infection that has already begun in the body. It may not work in all people. It will not protect you from hepatitis B, C and E.
Other risk factors for hepatitis A are being a homosexual male, having chronic liver disease, using intravenous drugs, receiving blood transfusions, working in a research laboratory using test animals or being exposed in an area where there has been an outbreak of the disease.
Before starting this drug advise your physician if you have a bleeding or blood clotting disorder such as hemophilia or easy bruising, history of seizures, neurological disease, disease affecting the brain, allergy to latex rubber, weak immune system caused by disease, bone marrow transplant, certain medicines or chemotherapy or taking a blood thinner such as warfarin, if you are allergic to any drugs or substances, if you are pregnant, plan to become so or breast feeding.
Less serious side effects are low fever, headache, dizziness, tired, nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, diarrhea, loss of appetite, joint pain, sore throat or swelling, redness or lump at injection site. If these occur call your physician for advice.
Serious side effects are high fever, fast or uneven heartbeats or behavior changes. 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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