Ixabepilone belongs to the family of drugs used to treat breast cancer and is used after other cancer medications have been tried unsuccessfully. It is an injected drug and should be administered by a health care professional
Please do not use if you are pregnant as it could harm the unborn baby.
It is suggested that you not consume alcohol not even modeate consumption while using this drug as it may greatly increase the side effects.
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.
Before using this drug it is suggested that you advise your physician if you are allergic to this or any other drug or substance, if you are pregnant, plan to be so, or are breast feeding, liver disease, heart disease, nerve problems especially in your hands or feet, have diabetes, bone marrow suppression or weak immune system.
Less serious side effects are feeling tired, joint or muscle pain, hair loss, nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, loss of appetite, diarrhea, constipation or problems with your fingernails or toenails. 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, numbness, tingling, burning pain, discomfort or loss of feeling anywhere in your body, fever, chills, body aches, flu symptoms, sores in your mouth or throat, easy bruising, unusual bleeding, from nose, mouth, vagina or rectum, purple or red pin point spots under your skin, pale skin, lightheaded, short of breath, rapid heart rate, trouble concentrating, sudden numbness or weakness on one side of the body, sudden severe headache, confusion, vision speech balance problems, pain or burning when you urinate, chest pain or redness, swelling and pain in the palms of your hands or soles of your feet. 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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