Lisdexamfetamine is the generic name for a drug which is a central nervous system stimulant used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in adults and children over the age of six.
It affects chemicals in the brain and nerves that contribute to hyperactivity and impulse control and is used as a part of a total treatment program that may include psychological, educational and social therapy.
It is suggested no alcohol not even moderate drinking while using this drug as the drug’s effectiveness may be decreased and the side effects may be increased.
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 or over the counter drugs it usually results in negative health effects most especially liver damage as the main organ affected.
Before adults use 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, heart disease , moderate to severe high blood pressure, hardening of the arteries, overactive thyroid, glaucoma, severe anxiety, tension, agitation or a history of alcohol or drug addiction.
Before children or adolescents use this drug advise the physician of any congenital heart defect, high blood pressure, heart failure, heart rhythm disorder, recent heart attack, personal or family history of mental illness, psychotic disorder, bipolar illness, epilepsy, seizures, muscle twitches or Tourette’s syndrome.
Less serious side effects are loss of appetite, weight loss, insomnia, nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, irritation, mild skin rash, dry mouth or unpleasant taste in mouth.. 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, fast pounding uneven heartbeats, decreased blood pressure resulting in being lightheaded or faint, tremor, restless, hallucinations, unusual behaviour, muscle twitches, dangerous high blood pressure resulting in severe headache, blurred vision, buzz in ears, anxiety, confusion, chest pain or short of breath.If these occur get emergency medical help.
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