Taking Antibiotics And Its Precautions

Are you on medication? If you have been prescribed with an antibiotic, then you should be careful. Antibiotics don’t always agree with a lot of other substances, even with certain kinds of food. The last thing you would want is to trigger some side-effects and end up suffering for it. What about alcohol? Would it still be safe to indulge in alcoholic beverages while you are taking antibiotics? It actually depends. Some antibiotics don’t really have that much of an adverse reaction even when you take them with alcohol. However, this is assuming that you do not abuse on your alcohol intake. Even when antibiotics may be harmless mixed with alcohol, abusing your consumption of the latter will still yield very negative results. Remember that alcohol is a drug itself and as such, it carries so many negative consequences. Its initial effects are to slow down bodily functions and affect the more vital ones like the central nervous system, like breathing, gag reflex, and heart rate. While alcohol doesn’t really diminish the effects of antibiotics, there are certain kinds of prescriptions you should be careful with. Examples of these are metronidazole (Flagyl), tinidazole (Tindamax) and trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole (Bactrim). Now while antibiotics and alcohol are not that adverse to each other, these particular antibiotics can trigger more severe reactions when alcohol is present. You can develop headaches, nausea, vomiting, flushing, and fevers. How about ibuprofen and alcohol? People also seem to want to know the extent that you can take one with the other. Initially, there’s no real harm in taking ibuprofen and alcohol but when you get used to doing this, problems will certainly arise. Ibuprofen can cause tears in the lining of the stomach while alcohol is a known stomach irritant. Taking the two on a regular basis is making yourself vulnerable to gastrointestinal bleeding and other complications.

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