Ziagen generic name abacavir given to a family of drugs known as a nucleoside analog reverse transcriptase inhibitir (NRTI) which works by slowing down the growth of the HIV virus that causese AIDS.
Do not use if allergic to any ingredient of the drug or if you have had a recent abnormal liver function test or have moderate to severe liver problems.
It is suggested no alcohol not even moderate drinking only 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 a history of heart problems, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes or smoking.
Less serious side effects are headache, lack of energy,, tired, insomnia, unusual dreams or vomiting. 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, burning, numb or tingling skin, changes in urination, chest pain, numb arm or leg, sudden vision changes, ear pain, eye pain, red or swelling, faint, fever, chills, feeling unwell, mental or mood changes, mouth sores, skin that is swollen, blistered peeling, sever persistently dizzy, severe or persistent nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, short of breath, cough, sore throat, stomach pain, swollen lymph nodes, symptoms of lactic acidosis such as fast breathing, muscle pain, cold arms or legs, sluggish, drowsy, dizzy, lightheaded, symptoms of liver problems such as jaundice of skin or eyes, dark urine, pale stools, loss of appetite, severely tired, unusual aches or swelling.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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