Sooo..... Exactly how bad is it to drink when on antibiotics??

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Found 31st Dec 2010
I mean, do they say don't do it coz it makes the meds not work so well or coz I'll be sick or coz I'll DIE??
Could I stop taking them for one day....would that make a difference? Anyone know the real reason please ? lol

Fanks in advance xx

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netdoctor.co.uk/ate…tml

First link on google, can it really hurt to be responsible and NOT drink?

This question was on QI recently.

What effect does drinking alcohol have on antibiotics? - It has no effect at all

Of over 100 types of antibiotic available for prescription, only five have serious side-effects if taken with alcohol. The idea that alcohol ‘stops antibiotics working’ dates back to the VD clinics of World War II. Doctors scared their patients into not drinking to lessen the chances of alcohol-fuelled casual sex, which risked them passing on the infection before the drug had a chance to work. This advice soon became standard medical practice for all antibiotic prescriptions.

Banned

Thanks hannah for posting this thread.

I need to know the answer to this too.

Happy new year x x

I would personally avoid, what kind of antibiotic are you taking?

calmacuk

This question was on QI recently.What effect does drinking alcohol have … This question was on QI recently.What effect does drinking alcohol have on antibiotics? - It has no effect at allOf over 100 types of antibiotic available for prescription, only five have serious side-effects if taken with alcohol. The idea that alcohol ‘stops antibiotics working’ dates back to the VD clinics of World War II. Doctors scared their patients into not drinking to lessen the chances of alcohol-fuelled casual sex, which risked them passing on the infection before the drug had a chance to work. This advice soon became standard medical practice for all antibiotic prescriptions.



Yeah this

Go for it. You only live once.

NHS page seems better with more information

nhs.uk/chq…103

calmacuk

This question was on QI recently.What effect does drinking alcohol have … This question was on QI recently.What effect does drinking alcohol have on antibiotics? - It has no effect at allOf over 100 types of antibiotic available for prescription, only five have serious side-effects if taken with alcohol. The idea that alcohol ‘stops antibiotics working’ dates back to the VD clinics of World War II. Doctors scared their patients into not drinking to lessen the chances of alcohol-fuelled casual sex, which risked them passing on the infection before the drug had a chance to work. This advice soon became standard medical practice for all antibiotic prescriptions.



Thats how she got into this mess in the first place! X)

Han hope you get better soon.

calmacuk

This question was on QI recently.What effect does drinking alcohol have … This question was on QI recently.What effect does drinking alcohol have on antibiotics? - It has no effect at allOf over 100 types of antibiotic available for prescription, only five have serious side-effects if taken with alcohol. The idea that alcohol ‘stops antibiotics working’ dates back to the VD clinics of World War II. Doctors scared their patients into not drinking to lessen the chances of alcohol-fuelled casual sex, which risked them passing on the infection before the drug had a chance to work. This advice soon became standard medical practice for all antibiotic prescriptions.



Just wondering do you know what the 5 types are? Im intrigued now

It can affect the absorption of the medication depending on the antibiotic.

Also, there are certain antibiotics that you should not take alcohol with under any circumstances - such as Flagyl (Metronidazole).

fridgehead

Just wondering do you know what the 5 types are? Im intrigued now



See the NHS link provided by thrustmaster.

moob

See the NHS link provided by thrustmaster.



Yeah i did, it doesnt say what ones you can't drink on

Definetly not if its anything from this group of Antibiotics.... en.wikipedia.org/wik…ole

what antibiotic are you on?

fridgehead

Yeah i did, it doesnt say what ones you can't drink on



It does:

MetronidazoleMetronidazole is sometimes used to clear dental, or ****, … MetronidazoleMetronidazole is sometimes used to clear dental, or ****, infections, or to clear infected leg ulcers, or pressure sores.TinidazoleTinidazole is sometimes used to treat many of the same infections as metronidazole, as well as to help clear bacteria called Helicobacter pylori (H pylori) from the gut.Drinking alcohol when you are taking either metronidazole, or tinidazole, can cause a serious reaction. The symptoms of this reaction include: * breathlessness, * headaches, * chest pain, * skin flushing, * increased, or irregular, heartbeat, * low blood pressure (hypotension), and * nausea and vomiting. Other antibiotics that may interact with alcoholCo-trimoxazoleOccasionally, co-trimoxazole can cause a similar reaction to that of metronidazole, or tinidazole, if you drink alcohol while you are taking it. However, with co-trimoxazole, the side effects above are very rare, and drinking alcohol in moderation does not normally cause a problem.LinezolidIf you are taking linezolid, you should avoid drinking alcoholic drinks that contain a substance called tyramine, such as wine, beer, sherry, and lager.ErythromycinDrinking alcohol while you are taking erythromycin may make you drowsy. Alcohol can also make erythromycin less effective.Side effectsIt is also important to note that some antibiotics may have a variety of side effects, such as sleepiness and dizziness, that might be made worse by drinking alcohol. Alcohol is likely to worsen these effects.

Original Poster

Sorry guys, had to take daughter to docs too!
Sounds like it should be fine then....I'm just on Amoxicillin for a chest infection ( that's aimed at u Gav ) lol

Thanks for the links guys, interesting reading xx

Original Poster

GAVINLEWISHUKD

Thats how she got into this mess in the first place! X)Han hope you get … Thats how she got into this mess in the first place! X)Han hope you get better soon.



U know me too well........but not this time

When to avoid drinking alcohol completely

It is necessary to completely avoid drinking alcohol when taking the antibiotics described below.
Metronidazole

Metronidazole is sometimes used to clear dental, or ****, infections, or to clear infected leg ulcers, or pressure sores.
Tinidazole

Tinidazole is sometimes used to treat many of the same infections as metronidazole, as well as to help clear bacteria called Helicobacter pylori (H pylori) from the gut.

Drinking alcohol when you are taking either metronidazole, or tinidazole, can cause a serious reaction. The symptoms of this reaction include:

* breathlessness,
* headaches,
* chest pain,
* skin flushing,
* increased, or irregular, heartbeat,
* low blood pressure (hypotension), and
* nausea and vomiting.

Other antibiotics that may interact with alcohol
Co-trimoxazole

Occasionally, co-trimoxazole can cause a similar reaction to that of metronidazole, or tinidazole, if you drink alcohol while you are taking it. However, with co-trimoxazole, the side effects above are very rare, and drinking alcohol in moderation does not normally cause a problem.
Linezolid

If you are taking linezolid, you should avoid drinking alcoholic drinks that contain a substance called tyramine, such as wine, beer, sherry, and lager.
Erythromycin

Drinking alcohol while you are taking erythromycin may make you drowsy. Alcohol can also make erythromycin less effective.

maxmix

PS From the NHS Site....

maxmix

When to avoid drinking alcohol completelyIt is necessary to completely … When to avoid drinking alcohol completelyIt is necessary to completely avoid drinking alcohol when taking the antibiotics described below.MetronidazoleMetronidazole is sometimes used to clear dental, or ****, infections, or to clear infected leg ulcers, or pressure sores.TinidazoleTinidazole is sometimes used to treat many of the same infections as metronidazole, as well as to help clear bacteria called Helicobacter pylori (H pylori) from the gut.Drinking alcohol when you are taking either metronidazole, or tinidazole, can cause a serious reaction. The symptoms of this reaction include: * breathlessness, * headaches, * chest pain, * skin flushing, * increased, or irregular, heartbeat, * low blood pressure (hypotension), and * nausea and vomiting. Other antibiotics that may interact with alcoholCo-trimoxazoleOccasionally, co-trimoxazole can cause a similar reaction to that of metronidazole, or tinidazole, if you drink alcohol while you are taking it. However, with co-trimoxazole, the side effects above are very rare, and drinking alcohol in moderation does not normally cause a problem.LinezolidIf you are taking linezolid, you should avoid drinking alcoholic drinks that contain a substance called tyramine, such as wine, beer, sherry, and lager.ErythromycinDrinking alcohol while you are taking erythromycin may make you drowsy. Alcohol can also make erythromycin less effective.maxmixPS From the NHS Site....



Tragically, if you had posted this just 27 days sooner, Hannah would still be alive

dxx

Tragically, if you had posted this just 27 days sooner, Hannah would … Tragically, if you had posted this just 27 days sooner, Hannah would still be alive





X) same thought crossed my mind !

dxx

Tragically, if you had posted this just 27 days sooner, Hannah would … Tragically, if you had posted this just 27 days sooner, Hannah would still be alive



You've lost me now ! The info I posted was from a link above, a bit easier to read etc...

Was looking on Yahoo for some info and I came across this post !

maxmix

This thread was started on new years eve maximix, obvs the OP was asking as presumably they wanted to go out and drink on new years whilst on anti biotics, your response whilst valid is a bit redundant as the thread is old

Original Poster

Haha I lol'd ......still alive tho thanks guys....just!

And thanks Max for the info...albeit a little late. I'll know for next time(_;)

Thats good Hannah your still alive The couple of comments I read after I bumped this had me a tad worried lol

Guys I know it's weeks old, I can read, but as I was looking for the same info, I was just bumping the post again, incase someone else has the same dilemma...

Anyway, I'm alright for 2 or 3 watching the Gers tonight lol (Hopefully)

maxmix

classic maxmix X) lol


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