Reyataz and Alcohol
Reyataz generic name atazanavir belong to a family of drugs known as antiviral medications in a group of HIV medications referred to as protease inhibitors that work to prevent human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) cells from reproducing in the body.
It is used to treat HIV which is the cause of AIDs but is not a cure for HIV or AIDS.
It is suggested moderate drinking only while using this drug as the side effects may be affected.
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 a history of kidney or liver disease, diabetes, bleeding disorder such as hemophelia, high cholesterol or triglycerides, a heart condition known as AV Block or if you have ever used a protease inhibitor in the past.
Less serious side effects are nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pain, numb or tingling, especially around the mouth, muscle pain, headache, mood changes, changes in shape or location of body fat especially in the arms, legs, face, neck breasts and waist. 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, increased urination or extreme thirst, severe pain in your side or lower back, painful urination, blood in urine, feeling faint, easy bruising or bleeding, fever, sore throat, headache with severe blistering, peeling and red skin rash, signs of new infection such as fever, chills, cough or flu symptoms or jaundice.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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