Orencia and Alcohol
Orencia generic name abatacept is a manufactured protein that prevents your body’s immune system from attacking healthy tissues such as joints. The immune system aids the body to fight infections and in those with autoimmune disorders, the immune system mistakes the body’s own cells as invaders and attacks them.
This drug is used to treat the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis and to prevent joint damage caused by these conditions. It is also used to treat arthritis in children older than 6.
It is not a cure for an autoimmune disorder and only treats the symptoms of the condition.
It is suggested moderate alcohol consumption as even moderate drinking while using this drug 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 Orencia 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 ever had tuberculosis, weak immune system, any type of infection including a skin infection with open sores, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, diabetes, hepatitis or scheduled to receive any vaccines.
Less serious side effects are nausea, diarrhea, stomach pain, indigestion, headache, dizziness, cold symptoms such as stuffy nose, sneezing, sore throat, cough or back pain. 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, fever, chills, flu symptoms, feeling tired, dry cough, sore throat or red painful skin rash, stabbing chest pain, wheezing, cough with yellow or green mucous, pain or burning when urinating or signs of skin infection such as itching, sneezing, swelling, warmth, redness or oozing.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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