Naratriptan Alcohol Interaction

Naratriptan Alcohol

Naratriptan is commonly used to treat and help relieve certain types of migraine headaches. It is one of the group of 5-HT1 receptor agonists which work by narrowing blood vessels in the brain.

It is suggested that alcohol be used in moderation if at all as the effects of dizziness or drowsiness may be worsened.

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.

Do not use this drug if you are allergic to any of its ingredients, you are dealing with hemiplegic or basilar type migraine headache, have severe liver or kidney problems or high blood pressure, history of heart problems, coronary artery disease, heart attack, blood vessel problems, chest pain, stroke, transient ischemic attacks, certain bowel problems, or seizures, if have taken another 5-HT1 antagonist or an ergot type medicine.

Side Effects

Less serious side effects are dizziness, drowsiness, nausea, numbness or tingling of the skin and tiredness. If these occur call your physician for advice.

Serious side effects are severe allergic reactions, rash, hives, itching, difficult breathing, chest tightness, swelling of the eyelids, mouth, face, lips, tongue, blood in stool, dark discoloration of fingers and toes, chest pain, confusion, fast or irregular heartbeat, feeling hot or cold, fever, chills, sore throat, light sensitivity, mood changes, neck or throat pain, side weakness, skin pale, numbness or tingling of the skin, stomach pain, shortness of breath, slurred speech, tightness of jaw, neck, chest, vision changes or vomiting. 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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