Orapred generic name prednisolone which is also sold under brand names Oraped, Flo-Pred, Hydeltrasol, Key-Pred SP, Millipred, Orapred ODT, Pediapred, Pred-Ject-50, Predacort 50, Predate-50, Veripred 20 belong to a family of drugs known as steroids.
The drug functions by preventing the release of substances in the body that cause inflammation and is used to treat many different conditions such as allergic disorders, skin conditions, ulcerative colitis, arthritis, lupus, psoriasis or breathing disorders.
It is suggested that patients do not consume alcohol even 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 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 a history of kidney or liver disease, thyroid disorder , diabetes, history of malaria, tuberculosis, a muscle disorder known as myasthenia gravis, glaucoma, cataracts, herpes infection of the eyes, stomach ulcers, ulcerative colitis, diverticulitis, depression, mental illness, congestive heart failure or high blood pressure.
Less serious side effects are insomnia, acne, dry skin, thinning skin, bruising or discolouration, slow wound healing, increased sweating, headache, dizziness, spinning sensation, nausea, stomach pain, bloating or changes in the shape of the body fat especially in arms, legs, face, neck breasts and waist. 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, vision problems, swelling, rapid weight gain, short of breath, severe depression, unusual thoughts or behaviour, seizures, black bloody tarry stools, pancreatitis resulting in severe pain in upper stomach spreading to the back with nausea and vomiting and fast heart rate, low potassium resulting in confusion, uneven heart rate, extreme thirst, increased urination, leg discomfort, muscle weakness or limp, dangerous high blood pressure resulting in severe headache, blurred vision, buzzing in ears, anxiety, confusion, chest pain, short of breath, uneven heartbeats or seizure.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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