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Pegloticase is known as an enzyme that metabolizes uric acid into a harmless chemical that is eliminated from the body in urine and is used to treat chronic gout. It is used only after other gout medications have been tried without success.
It is suggested that you do not drink alcohol not even moderate consumption while using this drug as it may worsen the symptoms and greatly increase the 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 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 using advise your physician if you are allergic to this drug or any other drug or substance, if you are pregnant, plan to be so or are breastfeeding, have congestive heart failure, other heart problems or high blood pressure.
The drug is injected into a vein through an IV and you will receive it from a healthcare provider. At the time of injection you may be given other medications to prevent certain side effects. It is usually given once every 2 weeks and when first started you may have increased gout flares.
Less serious side effects are new gout flares, nausea, vomiting, constipation, easy bruising, stuffy nose or sore throat. If these occur call your physician for advice.
Serious side effects are when first injected some patients may feel itchy, nervous, lightheaded, discomfort or redness of the skin during the injection. If you have a severe allergic reaction such as hives, wheezing, difficult breathing, swelling of your face, lips, tongue or throat, chest pain or flushing 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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