Rifapentine and Alcohol
Rifapentine is the generic name of a drug sold under the brand name Priftin which is known as a rifamycin antibiotic is used in combination of other drugs to treat tuberculosis. It works by killing or stopping the growth of TB organisms.
It is suggested no alcohol consumption not even moderate drinking only as the effectiveness of the drug could be comprised and the side effects of the drug may 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. If 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 or over the counter drugs it usually results in negative health effects most especially liver damage as the main organ affected.
Before using Rifapentine advise your physician if you are allergic to this or any other drug or substance, are pregnant, plan to be so, are breastfeeding, using any other drug or have liver problems.
Less serious side effects are acne, constipation, decreased appetite, diarrhea, red or orange body fluids, dizzy, headache, increased sweating, nausea, stomach pain, upset stomach or vomiting. If these occur call your physician for advice.
Serious side effects are severe allergic reactions such as hives, difficult breathing, swelling of the face, lips, tongue or throat, blood in urine, bloody stools, fever, frequent painful urination, irregular heartbeat, swelling or joint pain, severe persistent diarrhea, stomach pain or cramps, symptoms of infection such as fever chills or sore throat, symptoms of liver problems such as jaundice dark urine pale stools, nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, general body discomfort, unusual tiredness or weakness.If these occur get emergency medical help.
Rifapentine and Alcohol
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