Refacto generic name antihemophilic factor also sold under the brand names Advate rAHF-PFM, Helixate FS, Kogenate FS, Kofenate FS with Bioset and Recombinate.
This drug contains antihemophilic factor, a naturally occurring protein in the blood that helps the blood to clot and a lack of antihemophilic factor VIII is the cause of haemophilia A. Kogenate works by helping the body raise the levels of factor VIII.
Do not drink alcohol while using this drug as the side effects will be 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.
This drug is used to prevent bleeding episodes in adults and children with haemophilia and is also used to control bleeding related to surgery or dentistry in a person with memophilia and to prevent joint damage in people age 16 or older with severe haemophilia A and no prior damage.
This drug is not for use in people with von Willebrand disease.
Do not use this drug if you have ever had a severe allergic reaction to antihemophilic factor in the past or if you are allergic to mouse or beef proteins.
Do not use this drug if you are pregnant, plan to be so or are breastfeeding.
It is suggested that a medical alert bracelet be worn at all times.
Less serious side effects are sore throat, cough, runny nose, fever, chills, mild nausea, vomiting, unusual unpleasant taste in your mouth, skin itching rash, warmth, redness, itching or tingling under your skin, joint pain, swelling, dizziness, headache, swelling, stinging or irritation where the injection was given. If these occur call your physician for advice.
Serious side effects are severe allergic reaction such as hives, swelling of your face, lips, tongue or throat, chest pain, easy bruising, increased bleeding or bleeding from the injection site. 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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