Humira and Alcohol
Humira generic name adalimumab is also sold under the brand names Humira Pen, and Humira Pen Crohn’s Disease Starter Package is used to treat rheumatoid arthritis, juvenile idiopathic arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis and plaque psoriasis. It is also used to treat Crohn’s disease after other drugs have been unsuccessfully tried. It is an injectable drug.
The drug reduces the effects of a substance known as tumor necrosis factor alpha in the body that can cause inflammation.
It is suggested that you discuss the consumption of alcohol with physician as it may greatly increase the known 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 Humira advise your physician if you have or had tuberculosis, if you are allergic to adalimumab or any other drug or substance, if you have an active or recent infection, open sores or skin wounds, hepatitis B, congestive heart failure, lupus, allergy to latex rubber, multiple sclerosis, myasthenia gravis, Guillain-Barre syndrome, have recently been vaccinated with BCG or are scheduled to receive any vaccines.
Less serious side effects are headache, stuffy nose, sinus pain, nausea, stomach pain or pain, redness, itching, swelling or bleeding at the injection site. If these occur call your physician for advice.
Serious side effects are fever, sweating, chills, tired, short of breath, cough, sore throat, weight loss, swelling of the ankles, confusion, seizures, pain or burning when urinating, chest pain, ongoing cough, coughing up blood, easy bruising or bleeding, pale skin, unusual weakness, numbness or tingly feeling, weakness in your legs, jaundice, red, purple or scaly skin rash, hair loss, joint or muscle pain, mouth sores, joint pain or swelling with fever, swollen glands, muscle aches, vomiting, unusual thoughts or behavior, seizure or convulsions, patchy skin color, red spots or a butterfly shape skin rash over your cheeks and nose which is sensitive to sunlight. 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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