Gelnique and Alcohol Interaction



Gelnique and Alcohol

Gelnique generic name oxybutinin belongs to a family of drugs that act to reduce muscle spasms of the bladder and urinary tract. It is a fast drying, colorless topical gel which is used to treat symptoms of overactive bladder such as frequent or urgent urination and urine leakage known as incontinence.

While using this drug it is suggested that you not drink alcohol as the side effects may 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 this drug if allergic to it, have uncontrolled narrow angle glaucoma, blockage in your digestive tract, have decreased urination or unable to urinate. Do not bathe, shower, swim, use a hot tub or exercise for one hour after using Gelnique.

Before starting the drug advise your physician if you have bladder obstruction, urination problems, glaucoma, liver disease, kidney disease, myasthenia gravis, severe constipation, intestinal disorder such as ulcerative colitis, stomach disorder such as gastroesophageal reflux disease or slow digestion, if you are pregnant, plan to become so or are breast feeding.

Side Effects

Less serious side effects are mild skin irritation where the gel is applied, stuffy nose, sneezing, sore throat, dizziness, drowsiness, feeling tired, headache, blurred vision, dry mouth, constipation, nausea, vomiting, stomach cramps or diarrhea. If these occur contact your physician for advice.

Serious side effects are allergic reactions such as hives, difficult breathing, swelling of the face, lips, tongue or throat, uneven heart rate, pain, burning or difficult urination, severe itching, redness, pain, rash or irritation at the site of application. 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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