Metronidazole and Alcohol Interaction

Metronidazole and Alcohol

Metronidazole is the generic name for this drug which is sold under the brand names Flagyl, Flagyl 375, Flagyl ER, Flagyl I.V. RTU, Metro I.V., Protostat, Metryl and belongs to a family of drugs known as antibiotics and fights bacteria in the body.

This drug is used to treat bacterial infections of the vagina, stomach, skin, joints and repiratory tract.

It is suggested no consumption of alcohol while using Metronidazole, not even moderate drinking as the side effects will be greatly increased and the effectiveness of the drug lessened.

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 or over the counter drugs it usually results in negative health effects most especially liver damage as the main organ affected.

Before using this drug advise your physician if you are allergic to this or any other drug or substance, are pregnant, plan to be so, are breastfeeding, liver disease, Crohn’s disease, blood cell disorder such as anemia (lack of red blood cells) or leucopenia (lack of white blood cells), epilepsy, seizures or nerve disorders.

Side Effects

Less serious side effects are stomach pain, diarrhea, dizziness, loss of balance, vaginal itching or discharge, dry mouth, unpleasant metallic taste, cough, sneezing, runny or stuffy nose, swollen or sore tongue.. If these occur call your physician for advice.

Serious side effects are severe allergic reactions such as hives, difficult breathing, swelling of face, lips, tongue or throat, numb or tingling in hands or feet, white patches or sores inside your mouth or on lips, pain while urinating, watery or bloody diarrhea, vision problems, pain behind the eyes, trouble concentrating, slurred speech, mood or behaviour changes, tremors, muscle twitching, seizure, fever, chills, muscle pain, confusion, headache, sore throat, neck stiffness, sensitive to light, drowsiness, nausea, vomiting.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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