Oxcarbazepine Alcohol Interaction

Oxcarbazepine Alcohol

Oxcarbazepine is the generic name given to a family of drugs known as anticonvulsants or as antiepileptic drugs which work by decreasing nerve impulses that cause seizures and is used to treat partial seizures in adults and children over the age of two.

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, have liver disease, kidney disease or allergic to any carbamazepine drugs.

Side Effects

Less serious side effects are headache, mental slowness, trouble concentrating, speech, balance, walking problems, dizzy, tired, mild mausea, vomiting, upset stomach, diarrhes, blurred vision, double vision, tremors, shaking or skin rash . 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, increased seizures, swollen glands, fever, chills, body aches, flu symptoms, sores in mouth or throat, easy bruising, unusual bleeding from mouth, vagina or rectum, red pinpoint spots under skin, severe tingling, numb, pain, muscle weakness, changes in urination, chest pain, dry cough, wheezing, short of breath, upper stomach pain, itching, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay coloured stools, jaundice.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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