Alcohol and antibiotics: how dangerous is this?

Alcohol and antibiotics: how dangerous is this?
Alcohol and antibiotics: how dangerous is this?

The advice is that it is better not to drink alcohol when using antibiotics. Does alcohol reduce the effectiveness of antibiotics or is there another reason? How dangerous is this combination? And what happens if you do have a few drinks? We’ll tell you how it works.

Side effects worsen

Alcohol in combination with antibiotics can have unpleasant consequences. The alcohol does not directly reduce the effectiveness of the antibiotics, but it can make the side effects worse. This combination can cause severe headaches or nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, increased blood pressure and an increased heart rate.

Overload of the liver

Both the alcohol and the antibiotics are broken down by your liver. Do you use both substances? Then your liver has to work overtime to break down all these substances in your body. Alcohol may therefore slow down the healing process of the infection. In addition, this overload can have an effect on the liver itself. Do you want to support your liver? You can eat these foods to keep your liver healthy.

Check the package leaflet

In principle, it is not recommended to drink alcohol with any type of antibiotics. However, there are differences between antibiotics. It is strongly discouraged to drink alcohol from some species. These are the drugs that can cause worse side effects. The package leaflet of these products tells you how long you should not drink alcohol after the treatment. It is recommended that you do not drink more than one glass of other antibiotics. But it is better not to drink alcohol at all. Are you unsure about which type of drug you have? You can go to the pharmacy for more information about your antibiotics.

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