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Can You Drink On Azithromycin

Can You Drink On Azithromycin

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

Cephalexin and alcohol

Alcohol doesn’t reduce the effectiveness of cephalexin. Information included on the package insert for cephalexin doesn’t state that alcohol interacts with this drug, either.

However, some of the more common side effects of this drug are similar to some of the more bothersome effects of alcohol, such as dizziness, drowsiness, and nausea. Drinking while you take this drug can increase these effects. If that does happen, it may be best to hold off on drinking alcohol until you have finished treatment. You may even choose to wait to drink until a few days after you’ve stopped taking cephalexin. This can help make sure no more of the drug is in your body.

What are drug interactions?

Anytime you take more than one medication, or even mix it with certain foods, beverages, or over-the-counter medicines, you are at risk of a drug interaction. Most drug interactions are not serious, but because a few are, it is important to understand the possible outcome before you take your medications.

Drug-drug interactions - These are the most common type of drug interaction. The more medications you take, the greater the chance for your drug interacting with another medicine. Drug-drug interactions can decrease how well your medications work, may increase minor or serious unexpected side effects, or even increase the blood level and possible toxicity of a certain drug. For example, if you take a pain medication, like Vicodin, and a sedating antihistamine, such as Benadryl, at the same time you will have an additive amount of drowsiness as both medications cause this side effect.

Drug-food/beverage interactions - You have probably seen the stickers on your prescription bottle to “avoid grapefruit juice” at one time or another. This may seem odd, but certain medications can interact with foods or beverages. For example, grapefruit juice can lower the levels of enzymes in your liver responsible for breaking down medications. Blood levels of an interacting drug may rise, leading to toxicity. This interaction can occur with the commonly used statins to lower cholesterol, like atorvastatin, lovastatin, or simvastatin. The result can be muscle pain, or even severe muscle injury known as rhabdomyolysis.

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