Summer is quickly approaching and along with it comes the arrival of the 'party season'. NPS MedicineWise is reminding Australians that though alcohol may not interact with some antibiotics, it's still vital to follow the rules in taking antibiotics correctly.
NPS MedicineWise chair Dr Janette Randall said that it's wise to avoid alcohol when you're sick – regardless of whether you are taking antibiotics or not.
"There are only a handful of antibiotics that interact with alcohol, but it’s best to avoid drinking alcohol until you get better," Dr Randall said.
"You should definitely avoid drinking alcohol while taking metronidazole or tinidazole. These antibiotics can cause a severe reaction when taken with alcohol, including unpleasant symptoms like nausea, vomiting, skin flushes, headaches, or a fast or irregular heartbeat."
Dr Randall added that people need to avoid drinking alcohol for at least 24 hours after finishing a prescribed course of metronidazole and at least 72 hours after finishing tinidazole.
Co-trimoxazole and linezolid are other antibiotics that may cause adverse effects when alcohol is consumed, with Dr Randall recommending people speak to a health professional if they are unsure about drinking alcohol with their antibiotic.
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