Fragmin and Alcohol
Fragmin generic name dalteparin belongs to a family of drugs that acts as an anticoagulant or blood thinner which prevents the formation of blood clots. It is used with aspirin to help prevent blood vessel complications in patients with specific types of angina or heart attack.
It may also be used to inhibit a type of blood clot called deep vein thrombosis which can result in blood clots in the lungs known as pulmonary embolism which can occur after surgery or in patients who are bedridden due to a prolonged illness or in people with cancer. It is administered by injection.
It is suggested that you do not consume alcohol while using this drug as the side effects will 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 Fragmin if you are allergic to this drug or heparin or pork products or have active bleeding.
Before starting this drug you should advise your physician if allergic to any drugs or substances, have active or uncontrolled bleeding, have a low level of blood platelets after testing positive for a specific antibody, an inherited or disease caused bleeding disorder, hemorrhagic stroke, infection of the heart lining, uncontrolled high blood pressure, stomach or intestinal bleeding or ulcer, recent brain, spine or eye surgery, a genetic spinal defect, history of spinal surgery or spinal taps, using other blood thinners, eye problems caused by diabetes or high blood pressure, severe liver or kidney disease or stomach bleeding.
Less serious side effects are pain, redness or swelling at the injection site. If these occur call your physician for advice.
Serious side effects are allergic reactions such as hives, difficult breathing, swelling of your face, lips, tongue or throat, unusual bleeding that won’t stop, easy bruising, red pin point spots under your skin, pale skin, light headed, short of breath, rapid heart rate, lack of concentration, black bloody stools, coughing up blood, vomiting granular material, numbness, tingling, muscle weakness, loss of body movement, sudden weakness, severe headache, confusion, speech vision balance problems or trouble breathing. 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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