Mirtazapine is the generic name of a drug which belongs to a family of drugs known as a tetracyclic antidepressant which affects chemicals in the brain that may become unbalanced and cause depression. It is thought to function by increasing the activity of norepinephrine and serontonin which help to improve the mood. It is used to treat major depressive disorders.
It is suggested that patients do not consume alcohol even moderate drinking while using this drug as the side effects may be greatly affected.
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, bipolar disorder known as manic depressive, seizures, epilepsy, low blood pressure, dizzy spells, high cholesterol or triglycerides, heart disease, angina, history of heart attack or stroke or a history of drug abuse or suicidal thoughts.
Less serious side effects are drowsy, dizzy, increased appetite or weight gain.. 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, agitation, hallucinations, fever, fast heart rate, overactive reflexes, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, loss of coordination, faint, fever, chills, body aches, flu symptoms, white patches or sores inside your mouth or on your lips, headache, trouble concentrating, memory problems, weakness, feeling unsteady or confused. If these occur get emergency medical help.
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