Lansoprazole and Alcohol
Lansoprazole is the generic name for this drug which is sold under brand names Prevacid, Prevacid OTC, Prevacid SoluTab and Prevacid I.V. and belongs to a family of drugs known as proton pump inhibitors which function by reducing the amount of acid produced in the stomach.
This drug is used to treat and prevent stomach and intestinal ulcers, reosive esophagitis and other conditions caused by excess stomach acid suc as Zollinger-Ellison syndrome.
It is suggested that you discuss the drinking of alcohol with your physician while using this drug.
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.
Before using this drug it is suggested that you advise your physician if you are allergic to this drug or any other drug or substance, if you are pregnant, plan to be so or are breastfeeding, have liver disease, low magnesium levels in your blood.
Do not use this drug if you have trouble or pain with swallowing, bloody or black stools, granular vomit, long term heartburn, frequent chest pain, heartburn with wheezing, unexplained weight loss, nausea, vomiting, stomach pain or an electrolyte imbalance or metabolic disorder.
Less serious side effects are headache, nausea, stomach pain, diarrhea or constipation. If these occur call your physician for advice.
Serious side effects are confusion, uneven heart rate, jerky muscle movements, muscle weakness, limp feeling or seizure. 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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