An alcoholic beverage can keep rheumatoid arthritis out of context from a person’s life; yes that is what the modern researches are indicating. But alcohol consumption for a prolonged period certainly increases some ill effects on other parts of the body. Especially kidneys and liver get damaged easily; consumption of alcohol during any medication will definitely deteriorate ones physical status. Some drugs badly react with the alcohol making treatment ineffective and cause severe health problems. Here are some problems and complications relating to mixing of alcohol and medication.
ALCOHOL MIXING WITH DISEASE MODIFYING ANTI-RHEUMATIC DRUGS (DMARD)
DMARD is always considered as a primary preference treating rheumatoid arthritis patients. Some of the most common DMARDs are leflunomide, sulfasalazine, methotrexate, golimumab, adalimumab etc. Methotrexate is certainly effective in reducing problems amongst rheumatoid arthritis patients; it is effective slowing down the damage caused by the disease to a patient’s joints. Methotrexate and leflunomide do have side effects, which directly effects liver and kidneys.
It is observed in many cases amongst R A patients, that consumption of Methotrexate for long time resulted in liver cirrhosis. But the conclusive evidence doesn’t clear it all whether it happens to the patients prone to alcohol beverages or by taking the methotrexate drug. But it certainly proves that patients having alcohol addiction or consuming more than three days a week of alcohol suffers with cirrhosis more in comparison with other R A patients.
Drugs like Methotrexate and leflunomide are normally not prescribed if the patient is addicted to alcohol or having any sort of liver problems. Patient must avoid consuming alcohol during the tenure of medication. Some argue total refraining of alcohol is needed, others believe drinking twice a week is certainly permissible.
Another major problem consuming alcohol while on medication for the R A is; alcohol can make things difficult for doctors to gauge patient’s tolerance level of the particular drug. Physician might not be able to determine what is exactly causing to increase liver enzymes. If any point of time doctor finds increase in liver enzymes it might force him/her to stop further medication with that particular drug. That is why it is quite difficult to judge between the drug and alcohol which one is responsible for exact damage.
ALCOHOL MIXING NON-STEROIDAL ANTI-INFLAMMATORY DRUGS
NSAID (non steroidal anti inflammatory drugs) is prescribed with the deteriorating conditions of a patient. NSAID is the first line of medication; it is used to reduce inflammation and pain. NSAID do have certain side effects, unless physician found to satisfy every requirement to use this drug till it is not prescribed. Treating with NSAID may cause irritation in the lining of the stomach, which can lead to bleeding in the gastrointestinal tract and even result into an ulcer.
Rheumatoid arthritis patients who are addicted to alcohol may increase their risk of gastronomical bleeding and ulcers. Prednisone steroid is a common drug which is also used to treat R A, has got similar side effects. R A patients who are prone to drink alcohol beverages and simultaneously taking huge dosages of acetaminophen drug has an increased risk for toxicity of liver.