Why can you not drink while using the medication?
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!
Profuse nausea and vomiting will occur if you drink on metrogel. Worse if you take the flagyl pills, but some react even with the vaginal gel. When i say profuse, think projectile as well. Alcohol should be avoided at all cost when on metronidazole in any form. Patti
Drank night before starting flagyl (metronidazole ) and slightly nauseated after first pill. Didn't drink during 2 week course, waited 24 hrs after last pill and started back drinking, no problems other than felt like shit while taking meds.
I was prescribed MetroGel (Vaginal) once a day for 5 days. My doctor said I can drink alcohol while using MetroGel, but couldn't if it was the pill. Although, on my prescription it said to avoid alcohol while taking it and at least 24 hours after taking it. I didn’t drink those 5 days on it, but the next day (14 hours later) I had a few vodka drinks and was completely fine. The only reaction I had while taking MetroGel was a headache/migraine for 4 days and a little bit lightheaded.
- Metronidazole Information for Consumers
- Metronidazole Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Metronidazole (detailed)
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