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Antibiotics and Alcohol

The fact is that admission of alcohol directly affects Canadian Pharmacy antibiotics action and their digestibility in the body. Alcohol accelerates drug absorption, so there is excessive concentration of antibiotics in the body which causes progression of toxic reaction. Also overdose is possible.

Alcoholic drinks and antibiotics combination usually leads to negative consequences:

  • increased load on liver;
  • vomiting and nausea;
  • headaches;
  • obfuscation and dizziness.

antibiotics alcoholIt can be seen that alcohol affects functionality of the whole body, therefore, it can potentially disrupt any system function.

Furthermore, mixing Canadian antibiotics and alcohol leads to severe allergic reactions. If when receiving antimicrobials immune system can more or less cope with protection, additional alcohol consumption can fully disrupt its work, so allergies won’t be long in coming. In some cases, this can lead to complications (there is possibility of death). Drug intolerance usually reveals itself unexpectedly, so exposing your body to such a risk is not recommended.

Alcohol impact taken with antibiotics is significantly enhanced. Patient will quickly become drunk and hangover can last for more than one day. In addition, antibiotics can be attributed to narcotic medications, because they are sometimes addictive.

Antabuse Effect

Disulfiram-like reaction (antabuse effect) is specific condition that accompanies alcoholic drinks consumption at patients who undergo medicinal alcohol treatment using Antabuse drug.

This reaction has the following symptoms:

  • nausea;
  • vomiting;
  • chills;
  • convulsions;
  • headaches.

Intensity level fully depends on amount of alcohol taken. This state in some cases ends in death.

Two groups of drugs can be identified, which may interfere with alcohol metabolism, as well as cause disulfiram-like reaction. Among these drugs there are antibiotics. There is a huge amount of Canadian antibiotics, but the following medications are not compatible with alcohol:

  • nitroimidazole group (tinidazole, metronidazole);
  • cephalosporins of 3rd generation (cefoperazone, cefamandole, cefotetan);
  • some drugs from other groups: bactrim, laevomycetin, co-trimoxazole, sulfamethoxazole, nizoral, ketoconazole, biseptol.

In case of other antibacterial drugs reception, antabuse effect was not noticed.

In addition, disulfiram-like reaction, in case of receiving antibiotics from groups indicated above, takes place more easily, and at moderate doses of alcohol mortality risks are minimized.

It is forbidden to drink alcohol with anti-bacterial drugs of the following groups:

  • laevomycetins. Have the whole bulk of side effects, that have property to enhance when the drug is combined with alcohol;
  • tetracyclines. A large group of antibiotics, which is recommended in many diseases treatment. Alcohol while taking these drugs is strictly forbidden;
  • aminoglycosides. Powerful drugs that almost can not be combined with other drugs. Not allowed to be taken with alcohol;
  • lincosamides. In combination with alcohol lead to irreversible destructive processes in nervous system and liver;
  • macrolides. Drugs of this group enhance toxic effect on the body in case of taking alcohol;
  • cephalosporins. Incompatible with alcohol because of disulfiram-like reactions;
  • medications used in leprosy treatment;
  • antiphthisic drugs of any group.

Considering time of antimicrobials elimination (about 10 – 14 days), refrain from drinking alcohol after drug administration for 2 weeks minimum.

Antibiotics Therapeutic Effect Reduction

Metabolism and different groups of antibacterial drugs effect on the body are very different. Of course, presence of ethyl alcohol in the body has serious effect on pharmacokinetics, but it can also leave it unchanged. The main exception – tetracycline drugs (doxycycline, metacycline, tetracycline, oxytetracycline).

Is it Possible to Drink Alcohol during Antibiotics Therapy?

Any doctor (and not a doctor, too) will answer that drinking alcohol while taking antibiotics is forbidden. Antibacterial drugs and alcohol are incompatible because of severe toxic effects that each of them has on the body.


Any antibiotic main objective is removing cells from the body that may cause any disease. When injected into the body and sucked in the stomach, antibiotics active substances begin to work by inhibiting bacteria spread and killing existing ones. Thereafter, the drug comes out of the body through liver.

Alcohol, when ingested, also begins its expansion, so ethanol penetrates blood (regardless of alcoholic drink type). This substance has effect on chemical processes that occur in cells. Meeting with active ingredients of antibacterial drugs, alcohol begins to suppress them and participates in dangerous for the body reactions.

Also, alcohol affects liver and enzymes functioning. This has negative impact on antibiotics stay in human body duration – liver is not able to clear them in time. In this case, drug active substance remains in the body for a longer time, which will result in toxic effect on tissues. In addition, medications decomposition products come into reaction with alcohol, that is very dangerous for internal organs.

What Happens at Alcohol and Antibiotics Interaction?

School biology course tells us that all substances after getting into the body will break down into simpler, which will also be split into more simple. This cycle continues until there are only fats, proteins and carbohydrates.

Alcohol molecules after getting into the body will break down into its constituent parts, often coinciding with antibiotics molecules. Such mixture will cause the body to operate continuously, which will, in the end, lead to disruption of body systems or certain organs functioning.

For example, alcohol, which will be used when taking Trichopol drug, can be perceived in the body as desulfiram substance. These substances have nearly the same chemical formula. Therefore, a person observes rapid heartbeat, heart pains, and brain will numb sensations and feelings. Impact on the body will, of course, be not the most useful, so consequences are not long in coming.

Is it Possible to Drink Beer during Antibiotics Therapy?

Many people believe that after antibacterial drugs administration you can drink, but only one glass of beer. In fact, it is not allowed. A glass of beer can cause reaction in the body, which will not only lead to negative consequences, but also to emergency hospitalization.

It is undeniable that beer is an alcoholic drink. Experts have long ago discovered that ethanol is present even in non-alcoholic beer. In ordinary beer alcohol content usually does not exceed 5%. Given the fact that we drink beer from large bottles and mugs, in rather big amounts, ethanol content in the body will be far from 5%.

Canadian Pharmacy antibiotics (read more) and beer are incompatible as any other alcoholic drink with antibacterial drugs. The fact is that beer will have inhibiting effect on drug activity, making its reception simply useless.

Human body reaction to two components combination can be completely different:

  • beer usually slows down drug active substances clearance, so the body will be subjected to further intoxication;
  • ethanol will necessarily affect enzymes work, responsible for substances breakdown. Therefore, antibiotics treatment will not give desired result;
  • combination of beer and antibiotics often leads to headaches, increased blood pressure, nausea and sometimes even death. Reaction effects occur at different times;
  • liver will experience severe stress. If a person has healthy liver and kidneys, so it will be just a severe test for these organs, but if the bodies are sick, consequences can be terrible;
  • central nervous system is suppressed. Depression, drowsiness, lethargy, sleep disturbances – this is just a small list of problems;
  • violation of blood circulatory system functions. Sharp increase in blood pressure, often transferring into collapse. This state consequence – heart insufficiency;
  • digestive tract functioning deterioration. Vomiting, nausea, stomach pains. Among serious consequences we can distinguish presence of internal hemorrhages and gastric ulcer.

Some doctors, on the contrary, prove that beer can’t have serious effects on the body even during antibiotics course. To prove this a variety of studies are conducted that so far have given no results.

Any beer contains ethanol, which will necessarily react with any medication. Ethanol will actively communicate with any drug ingredients. The result of these reactions is harmful substances formation, which will have negative impact on the body. As a result – intoxication.

Beer, acting as alcoholic drink, will interact with any antibiotic.

Alcohol Consumption during Antibiotics Course is Forbidden. Is it True?

A large number of patients, usually women, are convinced that abstinence from alcoholic drinks during treatment with Canadian antibiotics is a myth that no one can prove. In recent years there have been a lot of theory adherents, confident and proving their rectitude.

This judgment is based on the fact that alcohol and antibacterial drugs have strong effect on liver, so doctors strongly advise to refrain from drinking alcohol during antibiotics course. Therefore, according to many patients logic, on healthy liver mixing alcoholic drinks with antibiotics with no have adverse effects.

When antibiotics just began to appear (this was during World War II), American soldiers actively used penicillin. On battlefields antibiotics shortage was felt very acutely, so some doctors extracted drugs directly from patient urine.

In urine of soldiers who, after taking antibiotics drank alcohol, penicillin traces practically were not found, so their urine was not suitable for further wounded soldiers treatment. That is why government forbade soldiers to drink alcohol when they were treated with antibacterial drugs. Later, this rule has been extended to civilian world.

Today, things are different. Modern Canadian antibiotics have more profound effect on bacteria than penicillin, so load on the body occurs quite serious. In connection with alcohol they can cause serious health problems at patients, who decided to combine incongruous.


Upon alcoholic drinks reception during antimicrobials course almost all body systems and internal organs are affected. Therefore, there is an understandable question: «Why treat one organ with antibiotics, but to maim another with alcohol?»

Probably, we should listen to physicians advice, which strictly prohibits drinking alcoholic drinks when taking antibacterial drugs.