Midol also generically known as ibuprofen has other brand names Genpril, Ibu, Midol, Motrin and Nupin are nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. This drug works by reducing hormones that cause inflammation and pain in the body.
The drug is often used to reduce fever and treat pain or inflammation caused by headache, toothache, back pain, arthritis, menstrual cramps and minor injury. It can also be used as medication for other purposes not listed here.
Do not drink alcohol when using this drug as it can increase the chances of bleeding in the intestines and stomach. Do not take Advil in the last three months of pregnancy as birth defects may occur.
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.
Before using this drug it is suggested that you consult your physician if you have a history of blood clot, heart attack or stroke, heart disease, congestive heart failure, high blood pressure, stomach ulcers or bleeding, asthma, polyps in your nose, liver or kidney disease, systemic lupus erythematosus, bleeding or clotting disorder or if you smoke.
Less serious side effectsare upset stomach, mild heartburn, diarrhea, constipation, bloating, gas, dizziness, headache, nervousness, skin itching or rash, blurred vision or ringing in your ears. If these occur call you physician for advice.
Serious side effectsare chest pain, weakness, shortness of breath, slurred speech, problems with vision or balance, black, bloody stools, coughing blood or vomit that is granular, swelling or rapid weight gain, less frequent urination, not urinating, nausea, stomach pain, low fever, loss of appetite dark stools, jaundice, fever, sore throat, headache, skin rash, severe blistering or peeling, bruising, severe tingling, numbness, pain, muscle weakness neck stiffness, chills, sensitivity to light and convulsions. If these occur get emergency medical aid.
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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