The antiviral drug Valtrex may produce significant side effects, which are enhanced by simultaneous administration of alcoholic beverages that have a direct toxic effect on the cells of the brain and liver, as well as the oppressive breathing center in the brain.
Valtrex and alcohol - why can not eat together?
In the instructions, the manufacturer's (group of pharmaceutical companies GlaxoSmithKline, UK) says nothing about whether it is possible to combine the treatment Valtrex
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with alcohol. But if you look closely the instructions, you can see that Valtrex can produce side effects in the central nervous system and liver. The cells of these organs are particularly sensitive to the toxic effects of alcohol. Therefore unlikely to simultaneous reception of two substances that have some side effects on one or the other body will have good consequences.
Moreover, even if the expression of the toxic effects on the body does not, from alcohol will decrease the therapeutic effect of Valtrex. So maybe we should wait and not take alcoholic beverages until the end of the treatment?
How Valtrex and alcohol act on the central nervous system
Alcohol has direct toxic effects on nerve cells, so patients with chronic alcoholism almost always have such complication as alcoholic encephalopathy with reduced intelligence, memory, loss of various skills and so on. In addition, these patients often develop peripheral nerve - alcoholic polyneuropathy. This does not mean that alcohol is not necessary to eat at all: Some wines even good for your health, if consumed in moderation. The most harmful to brain cells spirits.
The instructions to the Valtrex describes the possible side effects that develop while taking this drug. The most common side effects are a result of prolonged use of Valtrex in large doses. The most insignificant manifestations of these side effects are dizziness
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. But there may be much more significant side effects: hallucinations, tremors in the limbs and throughout the body, cramps, dizziness, and even coma. Sometimes it occurs in patients with significant motor and psychological stimulation, gait disturbance, inability to pronounce certain words or syllables and so on.
Now imagine the combined effect of alcohol on the body and Valtrex. Rather, such an experiment to anything good will not.
Effects on liver
Liver - a second body whose cells are particularly sensitive to alcohol, there is even such a diagnosis: alcoholic cirrhosis. This means that in the liver under the influence of alcohol formed areas of necrosis (tissue death), and instead beginning to proliferate hepatic tissue connective tissue. And since the connecting weave can not perform the work of the liver tissue, liver function decreases. This process is irreversible: You can stop the destruction of the liver, but already formed connective tissue is not going anywhere, and abnormal liver function is restored.
Valtrex also provides albeit slight, but nevertheless adverse effect on the liver function. With his long reception may develop biochemical signs of impaired liver function - increased blood levels of certain liver enzymes.
Simultaneous exposure to alcohol and Valtrex can have unpredictable effects on the liver. In most cases, especially if eaten imperfect spirits, not the fatal consequences. But no one is safe from serious consequences and as hepatitis
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and necrosis of the liver, as much depends on the individual.
Effects on the respiratory system
Alcohol inhibits the activity of the respiratory center. Respiratory arrest is the leading cause of death in severe intoxication.
Valtrex can also cause respiratory disorders. The manual does not say what kind of these violations, but, given its fairly significant side effects on the central nervous system, it can be assumed that it affects is the center of breathing in the brain.
At the same time the influence of alcohol and Valtrex may affect the respiratory function. Here, of course, plays the role of the number and strength of alcohol taken.
Alcohol is not combined with a better treatment to, at least, reduce its effect. But in addition, there may be serious complications.