Lepirudin is the generic name of a drug used for thinning the blood and preventing blood clots in patients with low blood platelets caused by the use of heparin.
It is a thrombin inhibitor and works by blocking the activity of thrombin which helps to prevent the formation of blood clots.
It is suggested that patients do not consume alcohol even moderate drinking while using this drug as the side effects may be greatly affected.
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. If anything more than that it 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 advise your doctor if you are allergic to any other drug or substance, if you are using dietary or herbal supplements, are pregnant, plan to be or are breastfeeding, have bleeding problems, blood vessel problems, increased risk of bleeding, have recently had surgery, head injury, stroke, organ biopsy, heart infection, uncontrolled high blood pressure, stomach ulcers, liver or kidney problems.
Less serious side effects is redness or discomfort at the injection site. If these occur call your physician for advice.
Serious side effects are severe allergic reactions such as hives difficult breathing, tight chest, swelling of the mouth, face, lips or tongue, black bloody stools, changes in urination, dark urine, easy bruising or bleeding, fever, nausea, vomiting, one side weakness, slurred speech, vision problems, granular vomit 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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