Moricizine is the generic name, brand name, Ethmozine and is used to treat life threatening cardiac arrhythmias.
This treatment must always be started in a hospital because of the close cardiac monitoring required during the first phase of the drug treatment. It should not be prescribed for minor arrhythmias or those that do not cause symptoms of their own.
The drug works by stabilizing heart tissues and making them less sensitive to excessive stimulation. The drug starts working 2 hours after it is taken and lasts for 10 to 24 hours. People with heart failure are usually able to tolerate this drug but should be closely monitored for any sign that the condition is worsening.
It is suggested no alcohol not even 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 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 liver disease, heart disease, high or low blood pressure, low white blood cell counts, high cholesterol or triglycerides, history of heart failure, heart attack, stroke, history of breast cancer, seizures or epilepsy, diabetes, enlarged prostate, difficult urination, bowel problems or narrow angle glaucoma.
Dizziness, nausea, vomiting, head ache, pain, breathing difficulties, fatigue, drug induced abnormal heart rhythms (the most dangerous).
Heart palpitations, chest pain, heart failure, fainting, slow heart rate, blood clots in the lungs, stroke, muscle weakness, nervousness, tingling in the hands and feet, sleep difficulties, tremors, anxiety, depression, euphoria, confusion, agitation, seizure, agitation, double vision, speech difficulties, memory loss, coordination difficulties, ringing or buzzing in the ears.
Urinary difficulty, loss of urinary control, kidney pain, loss of sex drive, male impotence, hyperventilation, asthma, sore throat, cough, sinus irritation, abdominal pain, upset stomach, diarreah, loss of appetite, a bitter taste, stomach gas and cramps, difficulty swallowing, sweating, dry mouth, muscle pain, drug fever, low body temperature, intolerance to heat and cold, eye pain, rash, itching, dry skin, swelling of the lips or tongue, swelling around the eyes.
Hepatitis or Jaundice with symptoms including yellowing of the skin or whites of the eyes.
If these occur get emergency medical help.
If pregnant do not use this drug.
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