I've been prescribed Metronidazole and instructed to take 500 mg pills three times daily for 10 days. I'm currently on day four of taking this antibiotic. I know that to mix with alcohol is not a good idea. However, I will be going out tomorrow night with some friends who most likely will be doing a bit of drinking. I am also one who enjoys to drink. So my question is this: Is it safe to stop the medication for that day so I can have a few drinks later that night? Is that a bad idea? Will it cause a bad reaction since the medication has been in my system for four days even if I take a break for that one day?
Hi, i used to work in pharmacy and we always warned people about drinking alcohol when dispensing Metronidazole. The pharmacist always warned that if you even were to eat a sherry trifle you would get very sick. I don't know if the interaction is this severe, but i certainly wouldn't take the risk. Previously i have read that you should wait 72 hours after your last dose of medication before consuming alcohol...
I am not telling anyone what to do and want to go ahead and say that meds affect everyone differently but here is my experience as a 100lbs female.
The night before I started my twice a day 500mg prescription I drank at least 4 shots of tequila and brandy. I have drank the same amount for the 3 nights I have been on it as it was my friends birthday weekend and have not gotten violently ill or thrown up. The worst Ive felt is constipation and it is better after the bm lol.
I try to take the meds earlier in the day and I always take it with food. (7am and 12pm usually with some type of meat) I don't drink until after 6PM at least after my last pill of the day. I read all the horror stories but I also saw a few that made me feel brave enough to "try" it and personally I am happy with the outcome so no I wouldn't stop but playing it safe is never a bad choice.
I was perscribed the same dosage and also worride about the effects of alcohol with the medication. After reading that different people had different reactions (some had none at all) I decided to go ahead and see for myself. On day four I went out and had two beer and for a while felt fine. About 2.5 hours later I started feeling very uneasy and went to the bathroom twice with diarrhea. Not too long after that, I threw up and was so weak that once i got into bed I immediately knocked out. Tossed and turned all night with a stomch ache that contined into this morning. Still havent tried eating yet but I will definitely not be drinking anything on this medication!
I know I googled this a hundred times before I just tried it. I read mixed reviews some said it makes you sick some said it was a myth. I was on this med for 7 days I took my last dose at 8 am this morning. I am drinking at 7pm and just fine. No sickness nothing. I know the pill itself can cause digestive distress so my opinion is it effects everyone different. For me I had nothing I'm good.
- Metronidazole Information for Consumers
- Metronidazole Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Metronidazole (detailed)
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