IncobotulinumtoxinA Alcohol Interaction

IncobotulinumtoxinA Alcohol

IncobotulinumtoxinA is the generic name given to a drug known as botulinum toxin Type A and is made from bacteria that causes botulism which blocks nerve activity in the muscles which cause a temporary reduction in muscle activity.

It is used to treat cervical dystonioa which are severe muscle spasms in the neck muscles and certain eye muscle conditions caused by nerve disorders which include uncontrolled blinking or spasm of the eyelids and a condition in which the eyes do not point in the same direction. It is also used to temporarily lessen the appearance of facial wrinkles.

It is suggested no alcohol not even moderate drinking while using this drug as the drug’s effectiveness may be decreased and the side effects may be 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 it 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 doctor if you are allergic to any other drug or substance, if you are using dietary or herbal supplements, are pregnant, plan to be or are breastfeeding, have Lou Gehrig’s disease, myasthenia gravis, Lambert-Eaton syndrome, breathing disorder such as asthma or emphysema, problems with swallowing, facial muscle weakness such as droopy eyelids, weak forehead, trouble raising your eyebrows, change in normal appearance of your face, seizure disorder,, bleeding problems, heart disease, pending surgery or have had botulinum toxin injections.

Side Effects

Less serious side effects are neck pain, dry eyes, headache, tired feeling, diarrhea, eyelid swelling or bruising, less blinking, pain, redness, sweilling at injection site.. If these occur call your physician for advice.

Serious side effects are severe allergic reactions such as hives difficult breathing, tight chest, swelling of the mouth, face, lips or tongue, trouble breathing, talking, swallowing, hoarse voice, drooping eyelids, blurred vision, double vision, unusual or severe muscle weakness in a body area that was not injected, loss of bladder control, wheezing, chest tightness, eye pain irritation, severe skin rash, itching or feeling faint. 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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