Tikosyn generic name dofetilide is a drug which works to maintain normal heart rhythm in patients with certain irregular heart rhythms and may be used for other conditions as determined by a doctor.
It is an antiarrhytmic drug and works by blocking certain heart currents which allow the heart to retain a normal rhythm.
It is suggested moderate drinking only 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 Tikosyn 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 conduction or rhythm problems, kidney disease, severe liver disease, low magnesium or potassium levels in your blood.
Less serious side effects are diiziness, headache, nausea, respiratory tract infection. 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, chest pain, dark urine, difficult breathing, fast slow irregular heartbeat, faint, heart attack, pale stools, paralysis, pounding in chest, stoppage of heart or jaundice.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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