Isentress and Alcohol Interaction



Isentress and Alcohol

Isentress generic name raltegravir belongs to the family of antiviral medication that prevents hymen immunodeficiency virus (HIV) cells from multiplying in the body. It is used to treat HIV which is the cause of acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) but is not a cure for HIV or AIDS.

It is suggested that the consumption of alcohol be discussed with your physician as it will greatly increase side effects.

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.

It is suggested that before taking this or any other drug you have a frank and honest discussion with your physician as to your drinking habits. This may be difficult as many alcoholics are in a state of denial as to their drinking habits.

I have also noticed that many alcoholics are not subject to the morning after illness that most of us suffer through when we drink too much. Severe alcoholics usually find if they feel “shakey” in the morning, a drink will make them feel more normal.

Before starting Isentress advise your physician if you are allergic to this drug, any other drug or substance, are pregnant, plan to be so or are breast feeding, have a muscle disorder, kidney or liver disease, history of mental illness or depression.

While using this drug for HIV or AIDS do not have unprotected sex, share razors or toothbrushes.

Side Effects

Less serious side effects are vomiting, diarrhea, feeling tired, dizziness or changes of the location of body fat in the body especially in the arms, legs, face, neck, breasts or trunk. If these occur call your physician for advice.

Serious side effects are severe allergic reaction such as hives, difficult breathing, swelling of the face, lips, tongue or throat, pale skin, easy bruising or bleeding, new infection, fever, chills, cough or flu symptoms, sore throat and headache with severe blistering, peeling and red skin rash, drowsiness, confusion, increased thirst, lower back pain, urinating less or not at all, depressed mood, unusual thoughts of hurting yourself, nausea, stomach pain, loss of appetite, itching, dark urine, clay colored stools, jaundice, muscle pain, tenderness or weakness with fever or flu symptoms. 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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