I wiegh 102lbs and consumed 22oz of 12%Beer over 10hrs ago. Ive been perscribed 500mg of Metronidazole in a 7 day cycle.
Alcohol and metronidazole interact in a severe or even dangerous way. Even the prescribing information for metronidazole products warn of this possible interaction, stating that consuming alcohol while taking this drug (or even within three days of metronidazole) may cause the following side effects: Nausea; Vomiting; Flushing; Headache; Digestive upset.
However, recent clinical studies have failed to demonstrate a significant interaction between metronidazole and alcohol. Despite the lack of a demonstrated interaction, the doc/pharmacist will probably still warn you to avoid alcohol while taking this medicine. Most of the supposed effects of the metronidazole/alcohol interaction can be attributed to just the antibiotic.
Please take care, best wishes!
Rajive sent you the drug interaction info and he is very thorough. Let me put it to you in plain everyday language, you will hurl, and hurl and hurl. Do NOT attempt to take metro/flagyl until at least 48 hours have passed. It has that warning on the bottle for a very good reason. It can actually make evn people who don't drink alcohol hurl if they take it on an empty stomach. Mkr sure you eat before you take this medicine. Patti
Hello yellibelli - So after all of these thorough and complete answers... DO NOT START YOUR MEDICATION FOR A FEW DAYS!!! That is the bottom line. You said you had some alcohol 11 hours ago now. I would wait until Friday to start that medication or even Saturday but there is NO DRINKING while taking this medication and when the 7 days is up... you MUST WAIT ANOTHER 48 HOURS TO DRINK!
This just cannot be overstated enough as far as I am concerned. NO DRINKING or you will be sicker than dog during a dog day afternoon!!! Okay???
NO BOOZE OF ANY KIND... NONE... NODDA... NIEN. Be careful what you eat and know what is in the food you eat. NO ALCOHOL IN SAUCES like wine or sherry, for instance. I believe you know what "no" and "none" mean. So, be safe and follow your treatment plan. Any questions, ask your doctor before the weekend gets here because this IS A HOLIDAY WEEKEND!!!
Be well and take good care of you!
From what I've read in the last couple of hours there is no proof of a significant interaction between Metronidazole and alcohol. That said it's better safe than sorry. Now to what I have an issue with. You do not need to wait days and days after drinking 22 ounces of 12 percent beer. That's 2.4 ounces of alcohol. What beer is 12 percent? Anyway the average human can process 1 ounce per hour so 2.5 hours is most likely fine. Double it if you want to 5 hours. After 11 hours you are not going to have an issue.
I know this is old and I know it doesn't matter but I have to do my part when I see complete misinformation. I've been prescribed Metronidazole for diverticulitis many times over the years and while I never mixed them I certainly have had alcohol within a timeframe you have been given. If it were the other way I would wait a couple of days after taking Metronidazole to have a drink but alcohol is processed and gone relatively quickly.
OK, let me first of state that in no way shape or form am I saying that it's OK to drink while taking this drug.
With that being said, I will give you my own personal account. That all. What I have experienced.
Me: 42/6'2/180 white male.
I take Metro from time to time over the past 20 years for my Ulcerative Colitits, now Pouchitis, whenever I have a particularly bad flare up.
Usually 250 MG three time a day.
I am constantly on Cipro.
I heeded the warnings for years, very careful not to ingest alcohol at the RX insistance. But that being said, I like to drink alcohol. But none the less I abstained. Then one year one of my closest cousins got married during a flare up while I was on the drug. When it came time for the champagne toast, I thought to myself I'll be damned if I'm not going to drink a toast, I'm a big boy, I know what will happen and I'll deal with the consequences. So I did it.
I didn't think too much of it at the time, but later I decided to research it a bit. The doctors and pharmacy all used the words "violently ill" if I ingested even small amounts of alcohol. But nothing like damage to the liver or anything permenant, just that you'd get very sick.
So reading the sites, like this, I found that besides getting sick, cramps, barfing, etc, there was no real harm. Just that you would get "violently ill".
So one football afternoon with friends I stupidly decided (do not try this) to drink a beer. I figured I'd drink it really slow and if I started to feel any ill effects I'd immediately stop. Gingerly I drank the beer over an hour.
Hmmm. Well, lets try one more. Nothing. I ended up drinking four beers that day. Nothing.
Over the next few years, I make it a rule to try to not drink on this drug, but in all honesty I have gotten quite inebriated, drinking many beers and doing shots and... nothing.
It's stupid, not smart to do. Maybe I'm a rare case. I don't advise anyone at all to do this. But this is my own personal account. And from my own experience, I seem to be able to drink while taking this drug.
Again, don't drink on this drug.
I felt like I should share, every experience, good or bad, helps to get out there.
Hi pouchitisme, it is always interesting to read individual accounts of how medications affect us... I always thought that you MUST leave 48 hours between drinking and taking this medication. Years ago it would be used to try to control drinking in alcoholics because of its side effects when mixed with alcohol. I think you are a very unusual case. I'm glad you didn't become ill, and thanks for sharing your story
NOOO! LET ME TELL YOU GUYS ABOUT THE NIGHT I JUST HAD!
I know people caution not to drink on it, but i just paid $100 on a edm music festival ticket and i thought there was no way i was going totally sober. One little drink wouldnt hurt right?
Well the first hour was just awesome and im having so much fun, until i start feeling lightheaded. So my friend and i sit down and i just start puking everywhere.
Next thing you know hours pass by, im still sitting on the floor puking my brains out. I couldnt get up, i felt so incredibly dizzy and nauseous. It felt like my stomach was ripping apart!
So the hours go by, and im promising my best friend who i convinced to also spend $100 on a ticket for this thing, that im going to get up, im going to get this out of my system and were going to have fun and dance!
So i for her sake, once i felt a little bit better, we went over and started dancing. At first i felt okay, NEXT THING YOU KNOW I THINK IM ABOUT TO HAVE A HEART ATTACK.
So my best friend, being a good friend, takes me home early.
And when i got home the side effects didnt stop! My stomach still felt like it was ripping apart, my head felt heavy and dizzy and the worst headache of my life, my chest still felt like i was about to explode.
And im pretty sure i just peed blood a few minutes ago.
The whole time people were asking me what drugs i was on or how much i drank, but this was all the result of drinking 3 shots of vodka 12 hours after the medicine.
So when i looked up side effects of mixing the two to make sure im not dying, i didnt see anyone sharing what happened when they did it! So i need to share with you guys what happens when you actually mix the two! Its not worth risking! Seriously, i feel like me and my friend just waisted $200 on this! If only i had just listened about drinking on this medicine!
No means NO! I Serioualy realized after it was done.
I only had one more day left with this medication. One or two glasses of wine wouldn't hurt?! I ended up having four glasses of wine and two shots of vodka.
After six hours of drinking...
I thought I was dying. I threw up four times that night. I went to sleep and waking up with really bad headache, dizziness and nauseous. I could not even put my head up and felt nauseous for nine hours then I threw up twice again. I still felt nauseous after that but went to bed. I was only able to drink sip of water every hour.
I ruined whole Sunday and finally woke up feeling better on Monday.
So NO! DON'T DRINK!!
I started taking this a few days ago,and never had any problems with it or any other antibiotics so there for I wanted to drink so I started reading all the response and thought I would be OK,well I was wrong the 3rd night I drank about 1/2 pint of vodka and that morning woke up very sick,so I didn't take anymore after the 3rd day well the 4th night I drank the same and thought since I hadn't taking anymore it wouldn't make me sick well it did and I got the chills a d many other of the side affects.so NOiI would not drink.
It's not recommended but I just have to put my experience out there. I've been on this medication several times as I have issues with recurrent BV. I've actually taken the medication with a beer to wash it down before and had no ill effects. I have not drank heavily while on it but even up to 3 or 4 in an evening. I have never had a problem. There must be some aspect of individual chemistry involved in this reaction. I'm guessing I'm in the minority so it's at your own risk.
The chemist warned me definitely not to take any alcohol & as I had drunk the night before he even said to wait to take the first metronidazole. He said it would cause projectile vomiting & was used for alcoholics to help them stop drinking. I have now been on this drug for 4 days in the 7 day course. I have drunk one beer, two bottles of sparkling wine & one bottle of red wine in that time (evenly spaced over the 4 days - the same alcohol amount I normally drink) & to tell the truth other than feeling a little nauseous as is normal taking any antibiotics I have had no problems. So I don't expect there to be more problems down the track either but it is always good to be warned and if you do get sick you can't say you weren't warned, but I guess not everybody has the same reaction. I also take sucralfate which is a mucosal protector for the upper GI tract so maybe that provides me with protection from vomiting.
I finished a 5 day course of metronidazole on Saturday night at 9pm. Sunday night at 9pm (so 24 hours after my last dose) I drank 2 small glasses of prosecco. I drank them slowly over time whilst eating a meal. I didn't feel sick at all and felt fine the rest of the evening and the next day. I'm sure everyone is different and maybe drinking in excess would cause more of an issue whilst on metronidazole. I had the opportunity to go out and continue drinking but I chose not to as I didn't want to make myself ill by drinking more. I have read lots of stories online some people say don't drink and some people say they drank and were fine. Your health is obviously more important than a drink.. but that's my experience!
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