Rivaroxaban is the generic name given to a family of drugs known as anticoagulant or blood thinner that prevents the formation of blood clots. It is used to prevent a type of blood clot called deep vein thrombosis (DVT) which may lead to blood clots in the lungs which is known as pulmonary embolism. This may occur after certain types of surgery.
It is suggested no alcohol not even moderate drinking while using this drug as the drug’s effectiveness may be decreased and the side effects may be 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 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 or over the counter drugs it usually results in negative health effects most especially liver damage as the main organ affected.
Before using this drug 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, have a genetic spinal defect, history of spinal surgery, repeated spinal taps or if using other drugs to treat or prevent blood clots, a bleeding disorder that is inherited or caused by disease, hemmoragic stroke, uncontrolled high blood pressure or stomach or intestinal bleeding or ulcer.
Less serious side effects are muscle pain, itching or pain in the arms or legs. If these occur call your physician for advice.
Serious side effects are severe allergic reactions such as hives difficult breathing, tight chest, swelling of the mouth, face, lips or tongue, easy bruising, unusual bleeding from the nose, mouth, vagina or rectum, bleeding from needle injection sites, any bleeding that won’t stop, black bloody stools, coughing up blood, granular vomit, numb, tingling or muscle weakness especially in legs and feet or a loss of movement in any part of the body. If these occur get emergency medical help.
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