Hydrocortone Alcohol interaction, generic name Hydrocortisone, is also sold under the brand names Cortenema and Cortef. These drugs belong to the family of drugs known as Corticosteroids.
This drug is prescribed for a variety of disorders from rash to cancer, adrenal disease, adrenal hormone replacement, bursitis, arthritis, severe skin reactions, psoriasis, rashes, severe allergies, asthma, drug or serum sickness, respiratory diseases, pneumonitis, blood disorders, gastrointestinal disease,, ulcerative colitis, inflammation of the nerves, heart or other organs, mountain sickness, vomiting and bronchial disease in babies, excessive hairiness, hearing loss associated with bacterial meningitis.
No drinking not even moderate alcohol consumption is advised while taking 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 starting advise your physician of any allergies, if you have untreated or uncontrolled epilepsy, a bone marrow disorder, paralytic ileus, intestinal blockage, clozapine infection or immune suppression medication, heart disease, heart rhythm disorder, high blood pressure, history of heart attack or stroke, epilepsy, seizure, lung disease, liver disease, kidney disease, diabetes, bone marrow disorder, blood cell disorder, enlarged prostate, urinary problems, glaucoma or a history of smoking.
Do not use if allergic to this drug.
Do not use if pregnant or planning to become pregnant.
Do not use if you suffer from hepatitis B, fungal blood infection, tuberculosis or high blood pressure.
Use with care if you have had a recent heart attack, ulcerative colitis, heart failure, high blood pressure, blood clotting tendencies, thrombophlebitis, osteoporosis, antibiotic resistant infections, Cushing’s disease, myasthenia gravis, metastatic cancer, diabetes, underactive thyroid disease, cirrhosis of the liver or seizure disorders.
Common Side Effects
Upset stomach leading to stomach or duodenal ulcer, water retention, heart failure, potassium loss, muscle weakness, loss of muscle mass, slowed healing, black and blue marks, increased sweating, allergic rash, itching, convulsions, dizziness and headache.
Less Common Side Effects
Irregular menstruation, slowed growth in children, especially after cortisone treatment,, adrenal and/or pituitary gland suppression, diabetes, drug sensitivity, allergic reactions, blood clots, insomnia, weight gain, increased appetite, nausea, feeling unwell, euphoris, mood swings, personality changes and severe depression.
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.