Miglustat is the generic name given to a drug used to reduce the formation of the protein glucosylceramide in the body and is used to treat mild to moderate type 1 Gaucher disease in people who cannot receive enzyme replacement therapy.
Those with type 1 Gaucher disease which is a hereditary disorder are missing an enzyme to break down glucosylceramide in the body which msy build up in the tissues and cause problems. Untreated thus disease may result in anemia which is low levels of blood cells or thrombocytopenia which is low levels of platelets, bone disease, hepatomegaly which is enlargement of the liver or splenomegaly which is enlargement of the spleen.
It is suggested moderate drinking only 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 using 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, have a history of kidney disease,
Less serious side effects are constipation, diarrhea, decreased appetite, weight loss, gas or abdominal pain, muscle cramps, weakness, headache, dizzy or vision problems. 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, numb, tingling or tremor of the hands, arms, legs or feet.If these occur get emergency medical help.
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