We know that in many cases it is best to avoid drinking alcohol while taking certain medications. This is because the same enzymes in the body that are responsible for breaking down drugs also break down alcohol. And this may disrupt the activity of the drug and impair its effectiveness. But avoiding alcohol is not just giving up a glass of wine or a can of beer, but there is another thing that hides alcohol that you probably did not take into account – who’s mouth.
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What can happen when alcohol and drugs are combined?
Some mouths contain alcohol, though not all. So it is advisable to check in the list of ingredients of your mouthwash if you are taking antibiotics or any other medicine that requires avoiding alcohol. The symptoms that can occur as a result of an interaction between antibiotics and other medications and between alcohol include, among others: headaches, accelerated pulse, nausea and vomiting. Usually the symptoms will go away within a few hours, but if they do not go away and the reaction is more severe – it is recommended to seek medical treatment as soon as possible.
Another phenomenon is, as mentioned, impairment of the drug’s effectiveness. When it comes to antibiotics, it does not necessarily lead to it not having any effect at all. But alcohol can slow recovery. There are medications that are more affected than a combination with alcohol, here is a list of some of them:
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Established drugs Metronidazole (Trade names: Metrogil Metronidazole, Flagill)
Antibiotics for the treatment of bacteria and parasites, for inflammation of the vagina or urethra and against the bacterium Helicobacter pylori.
Tinidazole-based drugs (trade names: protocide, passigin)
Antibiotics for the treatment of trichomoniasis (genital infection) and other unicellular infections.
For infections of the genital system, bones, lungs and skin.
And other established antibiotics Sulfamethoxazole, trimethoprim and linzolid Which can lead to a dangerous rise in blood pressure.