Paracetamol and Alcohol
Paracetamol generic name Acetaminophen is known as many brand names,Acephen, Actamin, Feverall, Tactinal, Q-Pap, Tempra, Tylenol, Uniserts, Vitapap and others. It is commonly used to treat backaches, headaches, arthritis, muscle aches, toothaches, fevers and colds.
Moderate drinking only if you must drink as liver damage may occur. If you drink more than 3 drinks alcoholic drinks a day never take more than 2000 mg of Acetaminophen per day.
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.
Adults should not take more than 1000 mg per dose or exceed 4000 mg per day.
Paracetamol should not be used if you are nursing a baby.
Less serious side effectsare low fever with nausea, stomach pain, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay colored stools or jaundice. If these occur call your physician for advice.
Serious side effectsare allergic reactions such as hives, difficulty breathing, swelling of your face, lips, tongue or throat. 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.
Paracetamol and Alcohol
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