Neurontin and Alcohol
Neurontin generic name gabapentin also sold under brand names Horizant and Gabarone is an anti-epileptic drug also known as an anticonvulsant that effects chemicals and nerves in the body that are the cause of seizures and some type of pain.
This drug can be used alone or with other medications to treat seizures caused by epilepsy in adults and children over 12 years old. It is also used with other drugs to treat partial seizures in children 3 to 12 years old.
It is suggested that patients only engage in 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 Neurontin 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 kidney diserase, liver disease, heart disease or if a patient with RLS if you are a day sleeper who works a night shift.
Side effects in children to watch for are changes in behaviour, memory problems, trouble concentrating, acting restless, hostile or aggressive. If these occur call your physician for advice.
Less serious side effects in adults are dizziness, drowsy, weak, tired, nausea, diarrhea, constipation, blurred vision, headache, breast swelling, dry mouth, loss of balance or coordination. 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, mood or behaviour changes, anxiety, depression, agitation, hostile, restless, hyperactive, suicidal thoughts, self injury, increased seizures, fever, chills, body aches, flu symptoms, swelling of ankles or feet, confusion, rapid eye movement or easy bruising. 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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