Ropinirole Alcohol Interaction

Ropinirole Alcohol

Ropinirole is the generic name given to a family of drugs that has some of the same effects as a chemical called dopamine which occurs naturally in your body. To have low levels of dopamine in the brain are associated with Parkinson’s disease.

This drug is used to treat symptoms of Parkinson’s disease such as stiffness, tremors, muscle spasms and poor muscle control and is also used to treat restless leg syndrome.

It is suggested 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 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 heart disease, high or low blood pressure, mental illness or compulsive behaviour, kidney disease, liver disease or if you smoke.

Side Effects

Less serious side effects are mild nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, loss of appetite, worsening restless leg syndrome especially in the morning, diarrhea, constipation, dry mouth, sweating, headache, dizzy, drowsy, insomnia, agitation or anxiety. 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, feeling faint, fever stiff muscles, confusion, sweating, irregular fast heartbeats, hallucinations, tremors, tight feling in chest or trouble breathing.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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