Kytril and Alcohol
Kytril generic name granisetron is a drug which blocks the actions of chemicals in the body that can trigger nausea and vomiting that is caused by chemotherapy or radiation treatment to fight cancer.
Do not use this drug if allergic to it or to similar drugs such as Anzemet, Zofran or Aloxil.
The drug is usually started up to 1 hour before chemistry treatment.
Do not consume alcohol while using this drug as the side effects may greatly increase.
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 starting this drug advise your physician that if you are allergic to any drug or substance, if you are pregnant, plan to be so or are breastfeeding, have liver disease, a heart rhythm disorder, an electrolyte imbalance such as low levels of potassium or magnesium in your blood, or a personal or family history of Long QT syndrome.
Less serious side effects are headache, stomach pain, upset stomach, loss of appetite, diarrhea, constipation, dizziness, sleep problems known as insomnia. 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, fast or pounding heartbeat, fever, body aches, flu symptoms, easy bruising or bleeding or unusual weakness. 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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