Lopurin generic name allopurinal is a drug which is used to treat gout or kidney stones by reducing the production of uric acid in the body. It is also used to lower uric acid in people who are receiving cancer treatment. It may also be used for other purposes.
Speak to your physician before using this drug if you have any of the noted conditions, kidney disease, liver disease, diabetes, congestive heart failure, high blood pressure and if you are receiving chemotherapy.
It is suggested that you not drink alcohol as it may worsen the condition being treated.
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.
It is suggested that before taking this or any other drug you have a frank and honest discussion with your physician as to your drinking habits. This may be difficult as many alcoholics are in a state of denial as to their drinking habits.
I have also noticed that many alcoholics are not subject to the morning after illness that most of us suffer through when we drink too much. Severe alcoholics usually find if they feel “shakey” in the morning, a drink will make them feel more normal.
Less serious side effectsare vomiting, diarrhea, drowsiness, headache, changes in your sense of taste or muscle pain.If these occur call your physician for advice.
Serious side effects are fever, sore throat, severe headache, skin blistering, peeling, rash, pain or bleeding when urinating, nausea, upper stomach pain, itching, loss of appetite, weight loss,dark urine, clay colored stools, jaundice, urinating less or not at all, joint pain, flu symptons, severe tingling, numbness pain muscle weakness, easy bruising, bleeding from nose, mouth, vagina, rectum or red spots under your skin.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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