Telithromycin belongs to a family of drugs known as antibiotics that help your body fight bacterial infections in the lungs and sinuses and may also be used for other purposes.
Do not drink alcohol not even modeate drinking while using this drug as it will reduce or negate the effectiveness of the medicine and may greatly increase the side effects.
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.
Note that it may cause sudden and serious liver damage and in rare cases cause the liver to fail and result in death. Do not use this drug if you are presently taking cisapride (Propulsid) or pimozide (Orap) or if you have a muscle disorder called myasthenia gravis. This drug will not treat a viral infection such as the common cold or flu.
Before using this drug advise your physician if you have ever had a severe allergic reaction to this or any other drug or substance, if you are pregnant, plan to be so or are breastfeeding, have a history of liver problems caused by antibiotics, kidney disease, liver disease, low levels of potassium or magnesium in your blood, heart rhythm disorder or a family history of “Long QT Syndrome”.
Less serious side effects are mild nausea, vomiting, vaginal itching or discharge, headache or dizziness. If these occur contact your physician for advice.
Serious side effects are diarrhea that is watery or bloody, irregular heartbeats, light headed, faint, vision problems or drooping eyelid, muscle pain or weakness, trouble swallowing, loss of balance, coordination or inability to climb stairs or rise from a chair. 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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