Prezista and Alcohol Interaction

Prezista and Alcohol

Prezista generic name darunavir is one of many drugs used in the treatment in the class of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and are known as protease inhibitors.

It is always used with ritonavir (Novrvir) and with other medicines to increase the body’d ability to fight HIV. It is not a cure for HIV infection or AIDS.

It is suggested that patients do not consume alcohol even moderate drinking while using this drug as the side effects may be greatly affected.

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 over the counter drugs it usually results in negative health effects most especially liver damage as the main organ affected.

Before using Prezista 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, allergy to sulfa drugs, have diabetes, liver problems, Hepatitis B or C or hemophilia.

Side Effects

Serious side effects are severe allergic reactions such as hives difficult breathing, tight chest, swelling of the mouth, face, lips or tongue, symptoms of liver problems such as dark urine, pale coloured stools, jaundice, nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, pain, aching or sensitivity on the right side below your ribs, high blood sugar, worsening diabetes, increased bleeding especially if you have hemophilia, nausea, rash, headache, stomach pain or vomiting. 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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