This site speaks to Lopidine Alcohol interaction. Apraclonidine is the generic name for the drug sold under the brand name of Lopidine.
This drug is known as a Sympathomimetic type and is prescribed for post surgical increases in eye pressure and additional short term treatment in people who are using other glaucoma medicines.
Moderate alcohol consumption only 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 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 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 this drug if pregnant or attempting to become pregnant.
Do not use if allergic to this drug.
People with kidney or liver disease should be closely monitored by their physicians.
Common Side Effects
Eye redness, itching, tearing, eye discomfort, lid swelling, dry mouth, feeling as if something is in your eye, headache and weakness.
Less Common Side Effects
Blanching of the eye, upper lid elevation, dilated pupils, blurred vision, eye disorientation, allergic reactions, lid crusting, abnormal vision, eye pain, abdominal pain, diarrhea, stomach discomfort, vomiting, dry mouth or nose, nasal burning, runny nose, sore throat, worsening asthma, constipation, nausea, slow heartbeat, heart palpitations, abnormal heart rhythms, chest pain, fainting, swelling, difficult to sleep, irritability, reduced sex drive, pain, numbness, tingling in hands or feet,, clammy or sweaty palms, taste changes, feeling of head cold and skin rash.
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.