Panitumumab Alcohol Interaction

Panitumumab Alcohol

Panitumumab is the generic name panitumumab given to a cancer medication which interferes with the growth of cancer cells by binding to a protein found on cancer cells which slows the growth and spread.

It is used to treat colon or rectal cancer that has spread to other parts of the body after chemotherapy treatment.

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, may cause severe skin problems such as acne, itching, redness, skin rash, dryness, peeling, cracking, oozing, swelling, infection around finger or toenails.

Side Effects

Less serious side effects are nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, diarrhea, constipation or tired. 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, sore throat, headache with severe blistering, peeling, red skin rash, swelling of hands or ankles, acne, dryness, peeling, cracking, bleeding, oozing, pus, other skin infection, cough or wheezing, short of breath, white patches or sores inside the mouth or on lips, drowsy, restless, confused, muscle stiffness, fast uneven heart rate, chest pain, redness, swelling or irritation of eyes or eyelids, swelling or infection around fingernails or toenails.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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