Sandimmune Alcohol interaction, the generic Cyclosporine name and is also sold under other brand names. These drugs belong to the family of drugs known as Immunosuppressants.
It is prescribed for kidney, heart and liver transplants, bone marrow, heart lung and pancreas transplants. Also prescribed for patchy hair loss, rheumatoid arthritis, aplastic anemia, atopic dermatitis, Behcet’s disease, cirrhosis of the liver related to bile duct blockage, ulcerative colitis, dermatomyositis, eye symptoms of Graves disease, insulin dependent diabetes, kidney inflammation associated with lupus and other kidney diseases, multiple sclerosis, severe psoriasis, psoriasis related arthritis, myasthenia gravis, pemphigus, sarcoidosis of the lung and pyoderma gangenosum.
No drinking not even moderate alcohol consumption is advised while taking this drug.
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.
Before starting advise your physician of any allergies, if you have untreated or uncontrolled epilepsy, a bone marrow disorder, paralytic ileus, intestinal blockage, clozapine infection or immune suppression medication, heart disease, heart rhythm disorder, high blood pressure, history of heart attack or stroke, epilepsy, seizure, lung disease, liver disease, kidney disease, diabetes, bone marrow disorder, blood cell disorder, enlarged prostate, urinary problems, glaucoma or a history of smoking.
Should be prescribed only by doctors experienced in immunosuppressive therapy and the care of transplant patients.
May cause kidney toxicosis in 30% of people using it to prevent transplant rejection.
May cause liver toxicosis in 5% of people using it to prevent transplant rejection.
Convulsions may develop.
May cause high blood potassium or uric acid levels.
It may increase cholesterol blood levels.
Do not use if pregnant or planning to become pregnant.
Common Side Effects
It is known to be toxic to the kidneys, cause high blood pressure, increased hair growth and enlargement of the gums or cause an infection. Lymphoma may develop in those with suppressed immune systems.
Less Common Side Effects
Tremors, cramps, acne, brittle hair and fingernails, convulsions, headaches, confusion, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, tingling in hands or feet, facial flushing, reduction in white blood cells and platelets, sinus inflammation, swollen and painful breasts for men, drug allergy symptoms such as rash, itching, hives, breathing difficulties, pinkeye, fluid retention, swelling, ringing or buzzing in the ears, hearing loss, high blood sugar and muscle pain.
Rare Side Effects
Blood in the urine, heart attack, itching, anxiety, depression, lethargy, weakness, mouth sores, difficult swallowing, intestinal bleeding, constipation, pancreas inflammation, night sweats, chest pain, visual disturbances and weight loss.
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