Integrilin and Alcohol Interaction

Integrilin and Alcohol

Integrilin generic name eptifibatide functions by stopping the platelets in your blood from coagulating (clotting) to help prevent blood clots that can occur with certain heart or blood vessel conditions.

It is used to prevent blood clots or heart attack in people with severe chest pain or other conditions and in those who are undergoing a procedure called angioplasty which opens blocked arteries.

It is suggested that you do not consume alcohol while using this drug as the side effects may be greatly increased especially the possibility of bleeding.

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 Integrilin if you have a stomach ulcer or ulcerative colitis, severe liver disease, severe high blood pressure, bleeding or clotting disorder, history of head injury, brain tumour, blood clot in the brain, a stroke or any type of bleeding in the last 30 days, any type of surgery, injury or medical emergency in the past 6 weeks.

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, or are breast feeding, if you will be using abciximab, tirofiban, have kidney disease, on dialysis, have a severe form of hypertension, bleeding or blood clotting disorder such as hemophilia or thrombocytopenia, history of blood clot in the brain.

Side Effects

Less serious side effects are nausea, stomach pain, runny or stuffy nose, cough, sore throat, mild headache or dizziness. If these occur call your physician for advice.

Serious side effects are severe allergic reaction such as hives, difficult breathing, swelling of your face, lips, tongue or throat, nosebleed, other bleeding that will not stop, black bloody tarry stools, coughing up blood or granular vomit, feeling light headed or faint, sudden numbness or weakness on one side of the body, headache, confusion, vision speech balance problems, fever, chills, body aches, flu symptoms, pale skin or changes in the pattern of urination. 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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