Lubiprostone is a laxative which is used to treat constipation in adults by increasing intestinal fluid secretion which eases the passage of the stool ad relieves constipation symptoms. The drug is also used to treat women’s irritable bowel syndrome in women when constipation is the main symptom.
Moderate consumption of alcohol is recommended when using this drug as is drug and certain foods. The use of such should be discussed with your physician before starting to use Amitiza.
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.
Less serious side effects are full or bloated feeling, pressure in the stomach, stomach pain, swelling of abdomen or stomach. If these occur call your physician for advice.
Serious side effects are bladder pain, bloody or cloudy urine, blurred vision, chest discomfort, chest pain, chills, cold flu-like symptoms, cough with mucus, diarrhea, difficult urination, difficult bowel movement, dizziness, fast heartbeat, fever, frequent urination, general ill feeling, headache, hoarseness, joint pain, loss of appetite, lower back or side pain, muscle aches and pain, nausea, nervousness, pounding in ears, runny nose, shivering, shortness of breath, sore throat, swelling of hands, ankles, feet, lower legs, tightness in chest, trouble sleeping, tired or weak, vomiting or wheezing.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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