Viracept Alcohol is the brand name, Nelfinavir is the generic name. It is a protease inhibitor prescribed to treat the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection.
Do not take this drug if you are allergic to it. People with liver disease or cirrhosis break down this drug more slowly than those with normal liver function.
It may raise blood sugar, worsen diabetes or bring out latent diabetes. Diabetics who take Viracept may have to have their dosage of antidiabetes medication.
It is suggested no 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 or 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 liver disease, heart disease, high or low blood pressure, low white blood cell counts, high cholesterol or triglycerides, history of heart failure, heart attack, stroke, history of breast cancer, seizures or epilepsy, diabetes, enlarged prostate, difficult urination, bowel problems or narrow angle glaucoma.
Nausea, abdominal pain, stomach gas, weakness and rash.
Back pain, fever, allergic reaction, headache, feeling unwell, appetite loss, upset stomach, stomach bleeding, mouth sores, vomiting, pancreas inflammation, anemia, low blood platelets, arthritis, muscle cramp or pain, muscle ache, weakness, anxiety, depression, dizziness, emotional instability, stimulation, sleeplessness, migraine, tingling on the hands or feet, seizure, suicidal thoughts, sleepiness, breathing difficulties, sore throat, runny nose, sinus irritation, itching, sweating, kidney stones, sexual problems and eye disorders.
If these occur get emergency medical help.
If pregnant do not use this drug.
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