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Azithromycin With Alcohol

azithromycin with alcohol


It's widely used to treat chest infections such as pneumonia, infections of the nose and throat such as sinusitis, skin infections, Lyme disease, and some sexually transmitted infections.

Azithromycin is used in children, often to treat ear infections or chest infections.

It can also be used long term to prevent chest infections in people who keep getting them.

The medicine is available on prescription as capsules, tablets and a liquid that you drink. It can also be given by injection, but this is usually only done in hospital.

How To Take Azithromycin

Azithromycin is taken orally (through the mouth), either in tablet or capsule form and is usually prescribed as a single daily dose that can be taken with or without food.

If you’ve missed a dose of the medication, it’s important not to ‘double up’ on your next dose. Simply take the missed dose as soon as you remember, unless it’s nearing the scheduled time for your next dose, in which case you should just take this as normal, skipping the forgotten dose.

Effects from alcohol and azithromycin

Azithromycin starts to work quickly, often within the first couple of days after you start taking it. You’ll probably feel well enough to resume your normal activities soon after you start the drug. Still, you may want to hold off from enjoying your favorite cocktails until you finish treatment.

Alcohol doesn’t appear to reduce the effectiveness of azithromycin. A study done on rats published in Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research found that alcohol doesn’t prevent azithromycin from treating the bacterial infection.

That said, drinking alcohol can cause temporary liver damage in some people. This may increase the severity of some of the unpleasant side effects of this drug. Alcohol is also dehydrating. Dehydration can increase the risk of side effects or make them worse if you already have them. These side effects can include:

  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • diarrhea
  • stomach pain
  • headache

In rare cases, azithromycin itself can also cause liver damage and result in more severe side effects. It’s a good idea to avoid doing anything that creates extra stress on your liver, such as drinking alcohol, while you take the drug.

Other interacting substances

Talk with your doctor before taking azithromycin if you take other drugs, including:

  • over-the-counter drugs
  • vitamins
  • supplements
  • herbal remedies

Some drugs interact with azithromycin. These interactions can also be rough on your liver, especially if you’ve had past liver problems. Also, when your liver has to process several different medications at the same time, it may process all of them more slowly. This leads to more of the drugs sticking around in your blood stream, which can increase the risk and intensity of side effects.

Other tips to improve treatment

It’s important to take all of your antibiotic medication. Keep taking it even if you begin to feel better. This helps ensure that your infection is completely cured and won’t come back. It also prevents you

from developing antibiotic-resistant bacteria. As bacteria becomes resistant to treatment, fewer drugs work to treat the infections caused by these bacteria.

Take your medication at the same time each day. This can help ensure you don’t skip a dose. It may be annoying to continue taking those pills or liquid when you’re feeling better, but it’s crucial to complete your treatment to help prevent bacterial resistance.

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