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Hydroxychloroquine and Alcohol Interaction

Hydroxychloroquine and Alcohol

Hydroxychloroquine is the generic name for Plaquenil which is used to treat or prevent malaria which is a disease caused by parasites which usually enter the body from a mosquito bite.

It is also used to treat symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis and discoid or systemic lupus erythematosis

Malaria is common in areas such as Africa, South America and Southern Asia.

It is suggested moderate drinking only as the effectiveness of the drug could be comprised and the side effects of the drug 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. If 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 or over the counter drugs it usually results in negative health effects most especially liver damage as the main organ affected.

Before using this drug advise your physician if you are allergic to this or any other drug or substance, are pregnant, plan to be so, are breastfeeding, using any other drug, have psoriasis, porphyria, liver disease, alcoholism or a glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase deficiency.

Side Effects

Less serious side effects are headache, ringing in the ears, spinning sensation, nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, loss of appetite, weight loss, mood changes, nervous or irritable, skin rash, itching or hair loss . If these occur call your physician for advice.

Serious side effects are severe allergic reactions such as hives, difficult breathing, swelling of the face, lips, tongue or throat, muscle weakness, twitching, uncontrolled movement, loss of balance or coordination, blurred vision, sensitive to light, seeing halos around lights, pale skin, bruising, bleeding, confusion, unusual thoughts or behaviour or seizures.If these occur get emergency medical help.

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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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