Piperacillin Tazobactam Alcohol Interaction



Piperacillin Tazobactam Alcohol

Piperacillin and tazobactam is the name given to a combination of these two drugs that are used to treat many different infections caused by bacteria, such as urinary tract infections, bone and joint infections, severe vaginal infections, stomach infections, skin infections and pneumonia.

Piperacillin is a penicillin antibiotic that combats bacteria in the body.

Tazobactam is an antibiotic similar to penicillin that also fights bacteria in the body.

It is suggested no alcohol not even moderate drinking while using this drug as the drug’s effectiveness may be decreased and the side effects may be increased.

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. If anything more than that it 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 doctor if you are allergic to any other drug or substance, if you are using dietary or herbal supplements, are pregnant, plan to be or are breastfeeding, have a history of kidney disease, or if on dialysis, bleeding or clotting disorder, electrolyte imbalance such as low levels of potassium in your blood, cystic fibrosis, on a low salt diet or allergic to any other antibiotic.

Side Effects

Less serious side effects are nausea, vomiting, upset stomach, stomach pain, constipation, mild diarrhea, runny nose, headache, dizzy, agitated, anxiety, insomnia, skin rash, itching, pain, swelling at injection site, vaginal itching or discharge. If these occur call your physician for advice.

Serious side effects are severe allergic reactions such as hives difficult breathing, tight chest, swelling of the mouth, face, lips or tongue, watery bloody diarrhea, jaundice, dark coloured urine, fever, confusion, weakness, lightheaded, short of breath, rapid heart rate, concentration problems, easy bruising, bleeding from nose, mouth vagina or rectum, red pin point spots under the skin, dry mouth, increased thirst, confusion, increased urination, muscle pain or weakness, fast heart rate, lightheaded, faint, fever, chills, body aches, flu symptoms, white patches or sores inside the mouth or on the lips or convulsions.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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