Epirubicin is a medication that interferes with the growth of cancer cells and slows their growth and spread and is used to treat certain types of breast cancer after surgery. Exactly how it works is not known.
It should not be used if you are pregnant as birth defects in the baby could occur.
It is suggested that you do not drink alcohol not even moderate drinking while using this drug as the side effects can be greatly 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. 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.
Do not use if you have an untreated or uncontrolled infection, severe liver or heart problems or if you recently had a heart attack.
Before starting this drug advise your physician of any other cancer medications and treatments you have received, if you are allergic to similar medications, liver disease, kidney disease, weak immune system, heart disease, congestive heart failure or if you have ever had a heart attack.
Less serious side effects are red colored urine for 1 or 2 days after medication, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, tired feeling, hair loss, changes in menstrual cycle, warmth, redness or skin tingling, darkening of skin or nails, mild itching or skin rash. If these occur call your physician for advice.
Serious side effects are short of breath, swelling, rapid weight gain, severe burning, stinging, pain, swelling, redness around injection site, white patches or sores inside mouth or on your lips, severe vomiting, thirst, hot dry skin, fever, chills, body aches, flu symptoms, signs of infection, uneven heart rate, weak pulse, confusion, fainting, muscle weakness, tingling, urinating less or not at all, easy bruising, bleeding or unusual weakness. 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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