Oxaliplatin belongs to the family of antineoplastic medications that interfere with the growth of cancer cells and slows their growth and spread in the body and works by killing cancer cells and retarding cancer growth. It is used with other medications to treat colon and rectal cancer. It is given as an injection in a vein.
It is suggested that you discuss the drinking of alcohol with your physician as it may greatly increase the known side effects.
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. Anything more than that 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.
It should not be used if you are pregnant as birth defects in the baby could occur.
Before starting the drug it is advised to advise your physician if you have liver disease, asthma, any other breathing disorder or a nerve problem.
Less serious side effects are nausea, stomach pain, loss of appetite, constipation, tired feeling, hair loss, decreased taste, muscle pain, headache, sleep problems, swelling or back pain. If these occur call your physician for advice.
Serious side effects are numb or tingling feeling in the hands, feet, throat or around your mouth, numb or burning pain, increased sensitivity to cold, jaw or chest tightness, eye pain, sensations in your tongue, speech problems, trouble swallowing, fever, diarrhea, vomiting, chills, body aches, flu symptoms, sudden cough, increased thirst, dry mouth, urinating less or not at all, decreased vision, bruising or bleeding, unusual weakness, white patches or sores inside your mouth or on your lips. 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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