Intelence and Alcohol
Intelence generic name etravirine belongs to the family of antiviral medication that prevents the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) cells from multiplying in your body. It is used in combination with other drugs to treat HIV which causes the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS).
These drugs are not a cure for HIV or AIDS and are usually given after other antiviral drugs have failed.
It is suggested that alcohol not be consumed while using Intelence as the side effects 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. 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.
Avoid having unprotected sex or sharing razors or tooth brushes.
Discuss with your physician about safe sex practices to prevent HIV transmission and do not share needles with others.
Before starting this drug advise your physician if you are taking or allergic to these or any other prescription or non prescription drugs or substances, herbal products, dietary supplements, if you are pregnant, plan to become so or are breast feeding, have liver disease or hepatitis B or C. Do not take Intelence while using delavirdine, efavirenz, nevirapine, rifapentine, St John’s Wort, atazanavir, fosamprenavir, tipranavir, ritonavir or various seizure medications.
Less serious side effects are numbness and tingling in the hands or feet, dizziness, drowsiness, blurred vision, upset stomach, constipation, heartburn, dry mouth, sleep problems, unusual dreams, increased sweating, changes in the shape or location of body fat especially in your arms, legs, face, neck, breasts and waist. 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, fever, sore throat, headache with severe blistering, peelin and red skin rash, chills, body aches, mouth sores, feeling tired, other signs of a new infection, chest pain, trouble breathing, confusion, seizure, changes in urination, swelling, rapid weight gain, nausea, upper stomach pain, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay coloured stools or jaundice. 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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