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May I drink alcohol while taking antibiotics?

Question by Guest | 2018-05-09 at 20:37

Is it okay to consume alcoholic drinks while taking an antibiotic? I should take my antibiotic for a total of 10 days and I am currently on day 7.

By now I feel really good again and I will therefore go to a birthday party tomorrow. At the same time, however, I also know that you definitely have to take your antibiotic to the end, because otherwise resistant bacteria can emerge. Therefore, I really want to take my medicine to the end and accordingly also at the date of the party.

So my question: Of course, on the birthday a lot of alcohol will be drunk and I wonder now if I can drink alcohol there, too. Or is this an absolute no-go while taking antibiotics? Thank you for your answers.

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For antibiotics in general you can not answer this question meaningful, since there are antibiotics that tolerate a glass of beer or wine and there are other antibiotics, where you should still abstain from alcohol even 2-3 days after the last dose.

You should ask you doctor about the details about your specific antibiotic. You should also find information in the instruction leaflet. If you are not sure, do not feel 100% fit, or just want to be careful, you are doing everything right, of course, if you just go without alcohol for a few days. That would also be my recommendation and you would definitely be on the safe side.

However, of course, you should in no case drink so much that the ingested medicine leaves the body again. Because that would be like you had completely forgotten the intake and a regular intake is the alpha and omega for antibiotics!

You should also keep in mind that your immune system will still be slightly damaged and not fully regenerated, even if you feel fit again immediately after the illness. In this case, I always recommend that you do not add weight to your body with alcohol and that you do not risk your recovery.
2018-05-10 at 10:36

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In fact, I've already heard that some antibiotics can tolerate low levels of alcohol - even though I would never try it. However, one should keep in mind that both alcohol and antibiotics are broken down in the liver and we should not burden the liver too much. Otherwise, it can quickly happen that the alcohol can not be broken down well and its effect is increased or that the antibiotic can be absorbed worse and therefore loses its effect.

Under no circumstances should alcohol be combined with antibiotics containing active ingredients such as metronidazole, ketoconazole, griseofulvin or cefamandole. Here are some bad side effects reported.

And for your individual case, I always advise: Ask your doctor or pharmacist.
2018-05-10 at 21:20

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