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Invega and Alcohol Interaction

Invega and Alcohol

Invega generic name paliperidone belongs to the family of antipsychotic medicines and works by changing the effects of chemicals in the brain and is used to treat schizophrenia.

It suggested not to drink alcohol while using this drug 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.

Note that it is not for use in psychotic conditions related to dementia as it may cause heart failure, sudden death or pneumonia with older dementia patients.

Before starting this drug advise your physician if you are allergic to this drug, any other drug or substance, are pregnant, plan to be so, are breast feeding, a history of low white blood cell counts, a personal or family history of Long QT syndrome, heart disease, heart rhythm problems, history of heart attack or stroke, high or low blood pressure, an electrolyte imbalance such as low potassium or magnesium levels in your blood, history of breast cancer, seizures or epilepsy, kidney or liver disease, diabetes, stomach or intestinal disorder, history of suicidal thoughts, Parkinson’s disease or trouble swallowing.

Side Effects

Less serious side effects are breast swelling or discharge, changes in menstrual periods, mild restlessness, drowsiness, tremor, blurred vision, dizziness or headache, weight gain, nausea, dry mouth, upset stomach, decreased sex drive, impotence or difficult orgasm. 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, stiff muscles, high fever, sweating, confusion, fast or uneven heart beats feeling faint, restless muscle movement in your eyes, tongue, jaw or neck, tremor, trouble swallowing, sudden numbness or weakness on one side of your body, sudden severe headache, problems with vision, speech or balance, fever, chills, body aches, flu symptoms, white patches or sores inside your mouth or on your lips. 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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