Is it safe to drink alcohol with antibiotics?

In the case of most other antibiotics, it is safe to drink in moderation – but the best case scenario is to wait for full recovery, as diuretics can significantly slow the rate of recovery.

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New Delhi: When bacterial infections strike, you feel the need for an antibiotic or two – but what to do when it happens when you’re tipsy or in the mood for a cocktail two? But is it safe to drink alcohol with antibiotics or vice versa?

Is it safe to drink alcohol when on antibiotics?

According to England’s National Health Service, drinking alcohol in moderation is not likely to cause many problems when taking antibiotics – however, with a few exceptions. Although ideally alcohol should be avoided with mediation as alcohol can prevent them from functioning properly. According to the Mayo Clinic, alcohol can lower energy levels and delay how quickly you recover from illness.

Other reasons to avoid alcohol with antibiotics are the following side effects:
  1. Risk of dehydration because alcohol is a diuretic
  2. Drowsiness
  3. Dizziness

Some of the more serious reactions are:

  1. Headache
  2. Redness of the skin
  3. Nausea
  4. Shortness of breath
  5. Vomiting

What is the difference between a dose of antibiotics and the consumption of alcohol?

Some antibiotics specify how long to wait before having a drink. For example, after completing a prescribed course of metronidazole, alcohol should be avoided for 24 hours. Also, when taking tinidazole, alcohol should be avoided for 72 hours.

In the case of most other antibiotics, it is safe to drink them in moderation – but the best case scenario is to wait for full recovery, as diuretics can significantly slow the rate of recovery.

Disclaimer: The tips and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general information purposes only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor or dietitian before starting any fitness program or making any changes to your diet.

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