I am on amoxicillin (500 mg 4 times a day) for 10 days to treat a tooth infection which will be... extracted next week. Started taking it on Tuesday will have 16 doses in me by Saturday afternoon when I am having my once a year bbq. My friends will expect me to have a few beers with them. If I hold it to 3 beers will that interfere drastically with my antibotic regime?
Can I have a few beers while taking amoxicillin for a tooth infection?
Added 16 Aug 2010:
Thanks for your all of info, I had 4 beers on Saturday with my guests and I believe all worked out okay. I am not a big drinker, so I just wanted to make sure that a few beers would ruin the amoxicillin regime.
12 Aug 2010
I found this on ehow.com
Alcohol and Amoxicillin
•There is nothing to suggest that having some alcohol while on Amoxicillin is harmful or will affect the antibiotic. There is no indication the two will have adverse reactions to each other; however, it is better to take the medication well in advance of drinking the alcohol. This way, there is time for the antibiotic to get well absorbed into the system before you drink any alcohol.
From personal experience I have never had adverse effects from taking the two together. There is a myth that if you drink alcohol while on amoxicillin that it will be less effective and this is flat out false. Though there may be other reasons not to drink while on a antibiotic. Like your body has an infection and it is probably a good idea to let your body get the rest it needs. Let's be honest once we start putting some beers in us the last thing we are doing is resting.
12 Aug 2010
No - although it is not recommended to drink alcohol while being treated for an infection, alcohol will not interfere with the amoxicillin - so in answering your question yes, have a few beers, your medication will still be 100% effective.
- Amoxicillin Information for Consumers
- Amoxicillin Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Amoxicillin (detailed)
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