Levodopa Alcohol interaction, generic name, is also sold under other brand names. These drugs belong to the family of drugs known as an Antiparkinsonian.
It is prescribed for the treatment of Parkinson’s disease, restless legs syndrome and herpes zoster (shingles).
Moderate alcohol consumption is advised while taking 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 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 starting advise your physician of any allergies, if you have untreated or uncontrolled epilepsy, a bone marrow disorder, paralytic ileus, intestinal blockage, clozapine infection or immune suppression medication, heart disease, heart rhythm disorder, high blood pressure, history of heart attack or stroke, epilepsy, seizure, lung disease, liver disease, kidney disease, diabetes, bone marrow disorder, blood cell disorder, enlarged prostate, urinary problems, glaucoma or a history of smoking.
Do not use if allergic to the drug.
Do not use if you have a history of heart attack, severe heart or lung disease, glaucoma, asthma, kidney, liver or hormone disease, history of stomach ulcer.
Do not use if you have a psychotic history as depression with suicidal tendencies may occur.
Do not use if you have a history of malignant melanoma.
Common Side Effects
Muscle spasms, inability to control arm, leg and facial muscles, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, drooling, difficulty eating, tired, hand tremors, headache, dizzy, numb, weak or faint feeling, confusion, sleepless, grinding of teeth, nightmares, euphoria, hallucinations, delusions, agitation, anxious and unwell.
Less Common Side effects
Heart irregularities, palpitations, dizzy when standing or arising particularly in the morning, mental changes, depression, paranoia, loss of intellectual function, difficulty urination, muscle twitching, burning of the tongue, bitter taste, diarrhea, constipation, unusual breathing patterns, blurred or double vision, hot flashes, weight gain or loss, dark urine and increased perspiration.
Rare Side Effects
Stomach bleeding, ulcer, high blood pressure, convulsions, adverse blood effects, loss of control of eye muscle, energetic, hiccups, loss of hair, hoarse, decrease size of male gentalia and fluid retention.
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