Palifermin is known as a human keratinocyte growth factor (KGF) produced by recombinant DNA technology and is used to reduce the occurrence of developing sores and ulcers in the mouth. It is also used to shorten the time with sores and ulcers in patients with blood cancers who receive high doses of chemotherapy and radiation therapy before bone marrow transplants.
It is given as an I.V. injection for three days before undergoing chemotherapy and then for three days after but should not be administered within 24 hours of the chemotherapy treatment. Injections can be given at home by your health care provider.
It is suggested that you not consume alcohol not even moderate drinking while using this drug as it’s effectiveness may be lessened and side effects greatly 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. 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 is suggested that before taking this or any other drug you have a frank and honest discussion with your physician as to your drinking habits. This may be difficult as many alcoholics are in a state of denial as to their drinking habits.
I have also noticed that many alcoholics are not subject to the morning after illness that most of us suffer through when we drink too much. Severe alcoholics usually find if they feel “shakey” in the morning, a drink will make them feel more normal.
Before starting this medication advise your physician if you are pregnant, plan to be so, breastfeeding, are allergic to this drug, any other drug or substance,
Less serious side effects are swelling, pain, joint pain, increases in blood pancreas enzymes, increased blood pressure or protein in the urine. If these occur call your physician for advice.
Serious side effects are fever, breathing problems, skin and mucous side effects such as rash, redness, swelling, itching, unusual sensations and changes in taste. 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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