Zostavax generic name zoster vaccine given to a drug which is used to prevent herpes zoster virus known as shingles in people age 50 or older. It works by exposing you to a weakenened dose of the virus which allows the body to develop immunity to the disease.
It will not treat an active infection that has already developed in the body.
It will not treat shingles or nerve pain caused by shingles also known as post-herpetic neuralgia.
Herpes zoster is caused by the same virus that causes chicken pox in children. When this virus once again becomes active in an adult it can cause herpes zoster or shingles.
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 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 active untreated tuberculosis, leukemia, lymphoma, other cancer affecting bone marrow, history of allergic reaction to gelatine or neomycin, a weak immune system due to HIV or AIDS or steroids or chemotherapy or if you are pregnant, a history of reaction to any vaccine, if you have received a live vaccine in the last 4 weeks or if you have never had chickenpox.
Less serious side effects are pain, warmth, redness, bruising, itching or swelling at injection site, diarrhea, joint or muscle pain, headache or mild skin rash.. 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, fever, swollen glands, sore throat, flu symptoms, breathing problems or severe painful skin rash.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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