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Natalizumab Alcohol Interaction

Natalizumab Alcohol

Natalizumab is the generic name given to a family of drugs known as monoclonal antibodies which affect the action of the immune system and are made to target and destroy only certain cells in the body which may help to protect healthy cells from damage. It is used to treat relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis.

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 over the counter drugs it usually results in negative health effects most especially liver damage as the main organ affected.

Before using Naprelan 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 HIV or AIDS, herpes or shingles, leukemia, lymphoma, recent organ transplant or presently being treated with chemotherapy or radiation.

Side Effects

Less serious side effects are headache, tired feeling, joint or muascle pain, stomach pain, diarrhea, mild skin rash, depression, painful menstrual cramps or cold symptoms such as stuffy nose, sneezing or sore throat. 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, change in mental state, speech or walking problems, decreased vision, upper stomach pain, itching, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay coloured stools, jaundice, pain or burning when urinating, cough with yellow or green mucus, stabbing chest pain, short of breath, flu symptoms, sores or white patches in your mouth or on lips, vaginal itching, discharge, tooth pain, gum pain, swelling, herpes flare up with cold sores, blisters, lesions of the genital or anal area. 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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