Do I have to Stop Drinking While on Antibiotics?


In a short answer, absolutely.  The intake of alcohol can interfere with the absorption of many antibiotics or antifungals–like cefoperazone (Cefobid), ketoconazole (Nizoral), metronidazole (Flagyl), and tinidazole (Tinda_max).

Complete refrain is recommended.  Even a small sip of alcohol can lead to nausea, cramping, headaches, flushing, low blood pressure, rapid heartbeat and shortness of breath.  In some situation the reactions can be so severe it may even become life threatening.

So when you are sick or ill and your doctor has prescribed an antibiotic, it would be best to refrain from your favorite glass of wine or adult beverage.   Once you have completed you regime of medications, and make sure to finish taking all the medications that are prescribed, you can then enjoy your favorite drink.

Reference: Health – 127

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