Pennsaid generic name diclofenac topical Gel 1% is sold under brand names Cambia, Cataflam, Voltaren and Zipsor belongs to a family of drugs known as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and works by reducing hormones that cause pain and inflammation in the body.
The drug is used to treat symptoms caused by arthritis and ankylosing spondylitis and is also used to treat a migraine headache. It will she only be used for a migraine headache that has started as it will not prevent headaches or reduce the frequency of the attacks.
Do not drink alcohol while using this drug as it is probable that you will end up with bleeding of the stomach.
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.
Before starting the drug advise your physician if you have a history of heart attack, stroke, blood clot, heart disease, congestive heart failure, high blood pressure, stomach ulcers or bleeding, liver or kidney disease, asthma, polyps in your nose, bleeding or blood clotting disorder or if you smoke.
Less serious side effects are upset stomach, mild heartburn, stomach pain, diarrhea, constipation, bloating, gas, dizziness, headache, nervousness, skin itching, rash, blurred vision or ringing in your ears. If these occur call your physician for advice.
Serious side effects are chest pain, weakness, short of breath, slurred speech, vision or balance problems, black bloody stools, coughing up blood, granular vomit, swelling, rapid weight gain, changes in urination, nausea, stomach pain, low fever, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay colored stools, jaundice, fever, sore throat, severe blistering, peeling and red skin, bruising, severe tingling, numbness, pain, muscle weakness, stiff neck, chills, light sensitive or seizures. If these occur get emergency medical help.
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