Interaction of antibiotics and alcohol - myth or reality?

Are alcohol and antibiotics reconcilable? From the scientific point of view alcohol, with rare exceptions (metronidazole), not contraindicated to those, who takes antibiotics. But science is one thing and another - a life. What people think about this issue and what do the doctors say? The answers to this question have tried to get the British researchers who conducted a survey of patients and medical staff offices of venereal disease in London hospitals “Guy’s and St Thomas”. Researchers stress that the survey was approved by the Ethics Committee of the hospital.

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    They have found that 76% of staff offices believe that before the end of their course of antibiotics, patients should abstain completely from alcohol consumption. Polls of the same patients showed that 71% of them believe that they can feel bad if they drink at a reception of antibiotics, and 81% believe that alcohol will prevent the effective action of drugs. Patients maintained their views and in fact, that is not drinking at the time when given antibiotics. Interviewed patients were younger (average age - 28 years) and fairly educated (51% completed university), so we are not talking about “Grandma’s prejudices.”

    The authors describe the interesting facts that might lay the basis of popular opinion (myth?) about antibiotics and alcohol interaction. During World War II, penicillin was used for the treatment of purulent wounds.

    Inventories of penicillin were limited to such an extent that it had extracted from the urine of patients who receive it, in order to use it again. At that time, wounded soldiers from British Army were given beer to sustain their spirit. Beer increased urinary flow and making urine less concentrated, making it difficult to separate penicillin from. Therefore, those who received antibiotics, were not allowed to drink beer. Maybe this became the reason for such thoughts about harm of antibiotics and alcohol.

    In any case, try not to drink alcohol while taking medication. The combination of alcohol with antihistamine drugs, insulin, pills, and tranquilizers, lowering blood pressure can lead to an increase in sleepiness, which is especially dangerous if the next day you are going to drive a car. Antibiotics with alcohol can lead to the rack of the tides of blood to the head, dizziness and nausea.

    Especially alcohol is dangerous for diabetics because of its influence blood sugar levels initially sharply increases and then sharply decreases.

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