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Does alcohol intake interfere with chemotherapy and other cancer therapy?

Does alcohol intake interfere with chemotherapy and other cancer therapy?

Yes!: Yes-- alcohol can cause life threatening side effects when combind with chemotherapy and other cancer treatements. Be sure and talk with your doctor to find out when it is safe to resume alcohol consumption, based on your overall health and the timing of your medications. ...Read more

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Food for recovery from alcohol abuse and alcohol withdrawal and malnutrition? And other tips on how to recover? I'm aching a lot and dizzy

Food for recovery from alcohol abuse and alcohol withdrawal and malnutrition? And other tips on how to recover? I'm aching a lot and dizzy

Congratulations: on your recovery process. Alcohol/drug withdrawing needs to be supervised by your doctor for your safety. At some point he/she will encourage you to continue on your own and return if needed. Malnutrition is a risk factor. Lab testing for nutrient levels is best. Otherwise, include protein, good fats, and carbs in each meal. Don't listen to the low fat and no eggs hype. It is not good science ...Read more

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How is smoking and drinking alcohol related to breast cancer?

How is smoking and drinking alcohol related to breast cancer?

Decreased health: The heavy use of smoking and/or alcohol has a deleterious effect on your overall health. It can weaken the immune system, in particular, and that alone makes one more susceptible to cancers of all types. In addition, if circulation is impaired, your immune system cannot send the killer antibodies it needs to kill the tumor cells. ...Read more

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Any bad effects with the chemo drug cisplatin?

Any bad effects with the chemo drug cisplatin?

Maybe: Cisplatin - like any other chemotherapy drug has potential side effects. The most common is nausea but you can take anti nausea medication. It may cause hair loss and decrease in white blood cell counts. Kidney function should be monitored and IV fluids given. Some long term effects is neuropathy (numbness fingers) and hearing loss but these tend to be due to cumulative dose. ...Read more

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Will alcohol and smoking affect my kidneys?

Will alcohol and smoking affect my kidneys?

Yes: Tobacco causes vascular, blood vessel, disease all over body i.e. Heart, brain, legs, and kidneys, etc. Excess alcohol hurts the overall circulatory system and liver, both affect kidneys. You get heart & liver failure from heavy use. While moderation in alcohol does not have well documented risk it does not have any benefits for heart or others.How to define moderation? Better quit both. ...Read more

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Can u drink alcohol in moderation while on low dose chemotherapy pills as well as prednisone?

Can u drink alcohol in moderation while on low dose chemotherapy pills as well as prednisone?

Ye and no: There is no absolute contraindication to some modest alcohol use, yet it is not advisable to drink alcohol if you have cancer being treated with chemotherapy unless you absolutely have to do it. So moderation is the best advice. But if i were you, i would not use alcohol with chemotherapy as it impairs the immune system which you need in order to fight your cancer. ...Read more

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Any insights on when does "moderate" use of alcohol become alcohol abuse?

Any insights on when does "moderate" use of alcohol become alcohol abuse?

Yes: Alcohol becomes abuse when it starts affecting your life negatively:if you having problems at work or showing up late or missing work; if it is making you fight with others or causing problems in your relationship; if you have legal problems from drinking; if you find yourself "sneaking" alcohol or hiding how much you use from other people. ...Read more

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What are the dangers of mixing benedryl and alcohol and alcohol?

Two too many, too: Benadryl (diphenhydramine) has sedative properties. Alcohol has properties that are sedating. And that second alcohol dose will go even further to causing stupor, coma and death. Also seizures, loss of balance, poor judgement. ...Read more

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Is alcohol and smoking on HRT safe?

Is alcohol and smoking on HRT safe?

Smoking and HRT.: Smoking and HRT are very bad together, greatly increasing the risks of cardiovascular side effects, like blood clots and strokes. Alcohol in large quantities, both primarily and secondarily, can have some estrogenic effects which could impact those also taking HRT, too. Smoking is dangerous enough just by itself. ...Read more

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When does the disastrous effects of alcohol and cigarettes start?

When does the disastrous effects of alcohol and cigarettes start?

If you are an addict: It begins the second that you pick up the first cigarette or the first alcoholic beverage. ...Read more

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Got pancreatic injury can I consume alcohol and smoke?

Got pancreatic injury can I consume alcohol and smoke?

No. Bad idea.: Tobacco and alcohol both are causes of pancreatitis. Getting pancreatitis, especially chronic pancreatitis, can led to pancreatic cancer. Pancreas disease is a bad one, and can lead to a miserable, painful end. ...Read more

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Vomiting black after drinking to much alcohol (beer) and smoking marijuana?

Vomiting black after drinking to much alcohol (beer) and smoking marijuana?

Probably : Related to gastritis or a gastric ulcer or an esophageal injury from the vomitting. You need to be examined by your doctor. You also need to abstain from alcohol( and drugs) before you do some serious damage that may affect your life in the shsort run or worse cause chronic liver disease, to mention just 2 negatives from the excesses. Be smart...You are not as immortal as you think. ...Read more

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How long do the drugs for chemotherapy and rituxan (rituximab) stay in the system after you're finished?

How long do the drugs for chemotherapy and rituxan (rituximab) stay in the system after you're finished?

Up to 3 months: Chemotherapy leaves the body very quickly, usually within 24 hours. Rituxan (rituximab) is a monoclonal antibody, which is a protein. It's half-life is one-week, meaning it takes 7 days for half the amount to be gone from your system, and another 7 days for half of the remaining amount to be gone, etc. Rituxan can still be measured in the blood up to 3 months after a dose! ...Read more

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My friend gets carboplatin and Taxol (paclitaxel) combined and longterm - are there side effects to this?

My friend gets carboplatin and Taxol (paclitaxel) combined and longterm - are there side effects to this?

Carbo/taxol: It is a very common regimen for cancer for multiple type of cancers. Read this for more info: carboplatin- http://www.Nlm.Nih.Gov/medlineplus/druginfo/meds/a695017.Html paclitaxel: http://www.Nlm.Nih.Gov/medlineplus/druginfo/meds/a607070.Html. ...Read more

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How well do 5-FU and cisplatin work for chemotherapy?

Well: 5fu (fluorouracil) and Cisplatin are older chemotherapy agents but have significant roles in the treatment of a wide variety of tumor types even to this day. ...Read more

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Why would alcohol and smoking effect hemorrhoids?

Why would alcohol and smoking effect hemorrhoids?

Hemorrhoids: Alcohol intake, especially excessive, can lead to dehydration. This exacerbates hemorrhoids due to hard stool. Smoking (nicotine) is a potent stimulator of bowel function, and can aggravate hemorrhoidal pain or bleeding with frequent bowel movement. Everything in moderation. Avoid these if you are suffering from hemorrhoids, and start fiber and otc medications. See your doctor. ...Read more