Filgrastim is a manufactured form of a protein that stimulates the growth of white blood cells in the body which help your body fight infection and is used to treat neutropenia. This is caused by a lack of certain white blood cells caused by cancer, bone marrow transplant, chemotherapy or by other conditions.
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 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 sickle cell disorder, blood cell disorder, chronic myeloid leukemia, myelodyspasia (preleukemia) receiving chemotherapy or radiation treatment.
Less serious side effects are diarrhea, constipation, bone pain, muscle aches, hair loss, headache, tired feeling, mild skin rash or itching or swelling at injection site.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, sudden severer pain in the upper left stomach, spreading to your shoulder, rapid breathing, short of breath, signs of infection such as fever, chills, sore throat, flu symptoms, bruising or bleeding, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, mouth sores and 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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