Ziconotide and Alcohol
Ziconotide is the generic name for Prialt and is a non-narcotic pain reliever that works by blocking pain signals from the nerves to the brain and is used to treat severe chronic pain in those who cannot use or do not respond to standard pain relieving medications.
It is suggested that patients do not consume alcohol even moderate drinking while using this drug as the side effects may be greatly affected.
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 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 a history of psychiatric illness1, have uncontrolled bleeding or blood clot disorder
Less serious side effects are headache, joint pain, drowsy, weak, dizzy, spinning sensation, sleep problems,unusual dreams, stomach pain, diarrhea, constipation, loss of appetite, changes in urination and loss of balance or coordination. 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, memory, speech, walking, thinking problems, feeling faint, double vision, other vision problems, muscle pain, cramps, soreness, weakness, dark urine, unusual or signs of infection around injection sites, fever, headache, neck stiffness, chills, sensitive to light, purple spots on skin, nausea, extreme drowsy or tired, depressed, paranoid, hostile, disoriented, confused, sensations in mouth, hallucinations, strange thoughts or behaviour, thinking of hurting yourself, less alert or decreased consciousness.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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