Mycophenolate is the generic name and CellCept is the brand name. It is an immunesuppressant type drug and is used for a kidney transplant.
As with other immunosuppressants people taking this drug are at an increased risk of developing a lymphoma or other malignancy. The risk increases with the degree of immune suppression and the length of time that the drug is taken.
It is suggested no alcohol not even moderate drinking while using this drug as the drug’s effectiveness may be decreased and the side effects may be 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. 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 or over the counter drugs it usually results in negative health effects most especially liver damage as the main organ affected.
Before using this drug 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 liver disease, heart disease, high or low blood pressure, low white blood cell counts, high cholesterol or triglycerides, history of heart failure, heart attack, stroke, history of breast cancer, seizures or epilepsy, diabetes, enlarged prostate, difficult urination, bowel problems or narrow angle glaucoma.
General pain, abdominal pain, fever, headache, infection, blood infection, weakness, chest pain, back pain, hypertension, anemia, reduced white blood cell and platelet counts, urinary infection, blood in the urine, swelling of the arms and legs, diarrhea, constipation, nausea, vomiting, upset stomach, oral fungus infection, respiratory infection, cough, breathing difficulties and tremors.
Kidney damage, urinary tract problems, high blood cholesterol, low blood phosphate levels, fluid retention, changes in blood potassium levels, high blood sugar, sore throat, pneumonia, bronchitis, acne, rash, sleeplessness and dizzy.
Painful urination, impotence, frequent urination, pyelonephritis, urinary disorder, angina pain, heart palpitations, low blood pressure, dizziness when risng from a lying or sitting position, cardiovascular disorders, appetite loss, stomach gas, stomach irritation or bleeding, gum irritation or enlargement, liver irritation, mouth ulcer, asthma, lung disorder, stuffy or runny nose, sinus irritation, hair loss, itching, sweating, skin ulcer, anxiety, depression, stiff muscles, tingling in the hands or feet, joint or muscle pain, leg cramps, double visipn, cataracts, conjunctivitist, chills and fever, abdominal enlargement, facial swelling, cysts, flu like symptoms, bleeding, hernia, feeling sick, pelvic pain and black and blue marks.
Lymphoma, skin cancer, not melanomas, other malignancies, herpes, chicen pox, shingles, fungus infection, pneumocystis.
If pregnant do not use this drug.
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