Is Xeljanz Hard on the Liver?
One of the severe side effects Xeljanz (generic: tofacitinib) can cause is liver damage. Clinical trials indicated that Xeljanz users were more likely to have elevated levels of serum enzymes and other chemicals, including alanine transaminase (ALT).
Can You Drink Alcohol on JAK Inhibitors?
Taking Xeljanz or any other Janus kinase (JAK) inhibitor with alcohol can lead to serious medical problems, especially if you are also taking methotrexate (MTX), formerly known as amethopterin, to treat rheumatoid arthritis. However, Pfizer never mentions alcohol on the Xeljanz warning label.
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Can You Drink Alcohol While on Immunosuppressants?
The active ingredient in Xeljanz, tofacitinib, is an immunosuppressant, a drug that reduces the activity of the immune system. Alcohol is also an immunosuppressant and may affect how well immunotherapy works in the body. This could also lead to worse side effects of treatment. In general, it's recommended to avoid alcohol if you're taking an immunosuppressant like Xeljanz.
Why Mixing Alcohol With Prescription Drugs is Dangerous
Millions of people in the United States struggle with alcohol use disorder (AUD), which used to be called alcoholism. Thousands more struggle with other forms of problem drinking, including drinking to the point of intoxication while they take, misuse, or abuse prescription medications. Accidentally mixing a potent prescription drug with alcohol is risky enough; however, some people struggle with addiction to prescription drugs and may mix these with alcohol.
Side Effects of Mixing Prescription Drugs and Alcohol
- Stomach upset, nausea, or vomiting
- Drowsiness, fatigue, or excessive sleep
- Dizziness or fainting
- Blood pressure changes or heart damage
- Changes in behavior
- Changes in emotions or mental state
- Loss of coordination, leading to accidents
Does Xeljanz Make You Gain Weight?
In most patients, Xeljanz and Xeljanz XR won't cause weight gain or weight loss. However, serious side effects of the medications or your condition itself may cause unexplained weight loss. For example, weight loss can occur in conjunction with diarrhea, serious infection, and cancer.
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