Why can you not drink while using the medication?
15 Feb 2012
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.
It is your decision whether or not to drink alcohol while taking Metronidazole. Perhaps you are willing to risk the possibility of unpleasant effects. Perhaps you prefer to avoid even the possibility of such problems.
Please take care, wish you best!
- Metronidazole Information for Consumers
- Metronidazole Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Metronidazole (detailed)
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