Macugen and Alcohol
Macugen generic name Pegaptanib is a drug used to treat a specific eye problem known as neovascular (wet) age related macular degeneration. The drug is a selective vascular endo thelial growth factor (VGGF) antagonist and functions by blocking a protein in the eye which slows or stops AMD.
Discuss with your physician the consumption of alcohol while using this drug as moderate drinking only is usually acceptable.
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.
Do not use Macugen if allergic to it or you have an infection in or around the eye.
Before using 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 a history of glaucoma or other eye problems.
Less serious side effects are mild diarrhea, dizziness, minor eye irritation or nausea. If these occur call your physician for advice.
Serious side effects are severe allergic reaction such as hives, difficult breathing, swelling of the face, lips, tongue or throat, feet, bleeding, blurred or cvision change3s, chest pain, discharge, floaters, sparks or lights in vision, hearing loss, hoarseness, pain, red swelling of eye or eyelid or light sensitive.. 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.
Macugen and Alcohol
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