Omalizumab is the generic name given to a family of drugs known as an intibody that helps decrease allergic responses in the body and is used to treat moderate to severe asthma that is caused by allergies in adults and children over the age of 12.
It is usually given after other asthma medications have not worked.
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, if you are at risk for certain types of cancer of the breast, skin, prostate or salivary gland. Note there is the risk of being infected by parasites if you live or travel where these infections are present.
Less serious side effects are pain, headache, tired, joint or muscle pain, dizzy, ear pain, hair loss, mild itching or skin rash, sore throat, cold symptoms, red, bruising, warmth, burning, stinging, itching, pain or sweilling at the injection site. 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, wheezing, tightness in chest, trouble breathing, skin rash, anxious, lightheaded, faint, skin warmth or tingling.If these occur get emergency medical help.
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