Macrolide Antibiotics Alcohol Interaction

Macrolide Antibiotics Alcohol

Macrolide Antibiotics is the generic name azithromycin is sold under brand names Azithromycin 3 Day Dose Pack, Azithromycin 5 Day Dose Pack, Zithromax, Zithromax TRI-PAK, Zithromax Z-Pak and Zithromax IV.

It is used to fight bacteria in the body which cause respiratory, skin, ear and sexual transmitted infections. The drug may also be used for other purposes.

Do not consume alcohol not even moderate drinking while taking this drug as its effectiveness may be greatly diminished.

At this time the medical community defines moderate consumption of alcohol as no more than two drinks per day and no more than 14 drinks per week. Anything more than that is considered an unhealthy dependency on alcohol that may have adverse social, family and health consequences.

If a person drinks only once or twice a week but drinks on the same days each week and more than two drinks this is considered as an alcohol dependency.

If a person binge drinks at any time during the week this is also considered as alcoholism.

Some consider alcoholism as a disease while others consider it an addiction which is the result of personal choice and character fault. This school of thought blames the alcoholism on life style choices.

Personally I consider alcoholism a genetic tendency as I have seen families of alcoholics even when they live far apart. These unfortunate people are probably dependent on alcohol from the first drink.

When alcohol interacts with prescription over the counter drugs it usually results in negative health effects most especially liver damage as the main organ affected.

It is suggested that before taking this or any other drug you have a frank and honest discussion with your physician as to your drinking habits. This may be difficult as many alcoholics are in a state of denial as to their drinking habits.

I have also noticed that many alcoholics are not subject to the morning after illness that most of us suffer through when we drink too much. Severe alcoholics usually find if they feel “shakey” in the morning, a drink will make them feel more normal.

Before starting this medication inform your physician if you have liver disease, kidney disease, myasthenia gravis, heart rhythm disorder or a history of Long QT Syndrome.

Side Effects

Less serious side effects of Azithromycin and alcohol are mild nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, upset or stomach pain, dizziness, tired feeling, headache, nervous feeling, sleep problems, vaginal itching or discharge, mild itching, skin rash, ringing in your ears, hearing problems or decreased sense of taste or smell. If these occur call your physician for advice.

Serious side effects of Azithromycin and alcohol are diarrhea that is water or bloody, chest pain, uneven heartbeats, nausea, stomach pain, low fever, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay colored stools, jaundice, fever, sore throat, headache with severe blistering, peeling and red skin rash. If these occur get emergency medical help.

This site serves as an information source only and does not dispense medical advice or any other kind of advice. If you are seeking medical advice you are advised to consult your own physician.

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