Rosiglitazone is used as an oral medicine to treat type 2 diabetes. It may sometimes be used in conjunction with insulin but is not used for treating type 1 diabetes. The drug helps to control blood sugar level. This drug is used only for people that cannot be controlled with other diabetic medications. Taking Avandia is known to increase your risk of heart attack or stroke.
It is suggested that you do not drink alcohol not even moderate consumption when using the drug as it may lower your blood sugar to dangerous levels.
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.
Consult with your physician before starting this drug and inform if you have type 1 diabetes, are in a state of diabetic ketoacidosis, congestive heart failure, heart disease, history of heart attack or stroke, liver disease or eye problems.
Women should not become pregnant while using this drug although it is not documented that it will damage a baby. Women are also more likely to have bone fractures in the upper arm, foot or hand while taking this medicine.
Less serious side effects are sneezing, runny nose, cough, cold, headache, gradual weight gain, mild diarrhea or back pain. If these occur call your physician for advice.
Serious side effects are feeling short of breath, swelling or rapid weight gain, chest pain, pain spreading to the arm or shoulder, sweating, ill feeling, nausea, stomach pain, low fever, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay colored stools, jaundice, blurred vision, increased thirst or hunger, frequent urination, pale skin, easy bruising or bleeding or weakness. If these occur get emergency medical aid.
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