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Milnacipran is the generic name given to a family of drugs known as neurotransmitters which affect certain chemicals in the brain and if these chemicals may be out of balance when related to fibromyalgia.
It is not used to treat depression but rather is used to treat a chronic pain disorder called fibromyalgia.
It is suggested moderate drinking 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 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 or liver disease, heart disease, high blood pressure, heart rhythm disorder, seizures, epilepsy, glaucoma, bleeding or blood clotting disorder such as hemophilia, enlarged prostate, urination problems, bipolar disorder (manic depression) history of alcohol abuse, history of suicidal thoughts or actions, allergic to aspirin or yellow food dye.
Less serious side effects are headache, dizzy, drowsy, tired, swelling of hands or feet, constipation, upset stomach, bloating, dry mouth, insomnia, hot flashes, sweating, weight change, decreased sex drive, impotence or difficult orgasm. 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, pounding heartbeats, fluttering in chest, painful difficult urination, easy bruising, bleeding, nosebleeds, tarry stools, coughing up blood, severe weakness, seizures, chills, goose bumps, memory problems, trouble concentrating, agitation, hallucinations, fast heart rate, overactive reflexes, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, loss of coordination, fainting, stiff rigid muscles, high fever, confusion, fast uneven heartbeats, tremors, feeling faint, high blood pressure, short of breath, uneven heartbeats, stomach pain, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay coloured stools or jaundice.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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