Innohep and Alcohol Interaction

Innohep and Alcohol

Innohep generic name tinzaparin belongs to the family of drugs which are used to treat certain types of blood clots known as deep vein thrombosis when used along with warfarin. It is a low molecular weight heparin (LMWH) which works by blocking the formation of blood cots including fibrin clots.

Do not drink alcohol while using these drugs as the side effects will 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.

It is suggested that before taking this or any other drug you have a frank and honest discussion with your physician as to your drinking habits. This may be difficult as many alcoholics are in a state of denial as to their drinking habits.

I have also noticed that many alcoholics are not subject to the morning after illness that most of us suffer through when we drink too much. Severe alcoholics usually find if they feel “shakey” in the morning, a drink will make them feel more normal.

Do not use Innohep if you are allergic to any ingredient in the drug, are allergic to heparin, sulfites, benzyl alcohol or pork products, have active severe high blood pressure, major bleeding, a history of low platelets or bleeding problems due to the use of Heparin.

Before using this drug advise your physician if you are pregnant, plan to be so, are breastfeeding, taking any prescription or non-prescription medication, herbal or dietary supplement, allergies to other drugs, foods or substances, have a history of kidney problems, liver problems, stomach or intestinal problems, stroke, asthma, vision problems caused by diabetes, inflammation of the heart due to a bacterial infection, severe uncontrolled high blood pressure or amyloidosis, bleeding disorder or a history of brain bleeding or blood conditions, recently had or will have surgery of brain, spine, eye, an epidural catheter or spinal puncture, if taking platelet medicine or are 70 years or older.

Side Effects

Less serious side effects are mild bleeding, bruising, irritation, pain, redness or swelling at the injection site. If these occur call your physician for advice.

Serious side effects are severe allergic reactions such as hives, itching, difficult breathing or swallowing, tight chest, swelling of the mouth, tongue, face, lips or throat, bloody black stools, chest pain, confusion, coughing up blood, difficult painful urination, difficulty walking, fainting, fever, chills, sore throat, irregular heartbeat, joint or muscle pain, nosebleed, tingling numbness in the hands and feet, muscle weakness, weakness on one side, pale skin, pink or red urine, painful erection, red blistered skin, dizziness, weakness, nausea, stomach pain, short of breath, slurred speech, swelling, unusual bleeding or bruising, granular vomit. If these occur get emergency medical help.

Innohep and Alcohol

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