Protopic and Alcohol Interaction



Protopic and Alcohol

Protopic generic name tacrolimus topical belong to a family of drugs known as a topical macrolide immunosuppressant and works by decreasing cell activity in the body’s immune system which helps to slow down the growth of atopic dermatitis (eczema) on the skin.

It is suggested that patients drink moderately if at all while using this drug as the side effect of reddening of the skin especially the face 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 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 skin cancer or a skin infection such as herpes or chickenpox, Netherton’s syndrome, a weakened immune system caused by using other drugs, kidney disease or swelling, redness or irritation of large areas of your skin.

Side Effects

Less serious side effects are mild burning, stinging, itching, skin redness, acne, cold or flu symptoms such as stuffy nose, wheezing, sore throat, headache, sensitivity to heat or cold. If these occur call your physician for advice.

Serious side effects are severe allergic reactions such as hives difficult breathing, tight chest, swelling of the mouth, face, lips or tongue, severe stinging, burning, itching, soreness at application site, swollen glands, redness or crusting around hair follicles, signs of skin infection such as redness, swelling, itching or oozingIf 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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