Is It Safe To Take Metronidazole After Drinking Alcohol?
Flagyl is the brand name of a prescription medicine called metronidazole. This medication is an antibiotic prescribed to fight bacterial infections of the vagina, skin, joints, respiratory tract and stomach. It’s not used to treat vaginal yeast infections.
Before you take Flagyl, you’re instructed to speak with your doctor if you have any drug allergies, are pregnant, have a liver disease or have stomach diseases like Crohn’s. You should also tell your doctor if you have a disorder of the blood cells like a lack of red or white blood cells, epilepsy or a nerve disorder.
When someone is prescribed this medicine, they’re instructed to take it exactly as it reads on the label and take it for the full period of time they’re prescribed it without missing doses. During the time a person is taking Flagyl, their physician may order regular blood and liver function tests to make sure negative side effects don’t occur. It is also common for Flagyl to be prescribed along with other antibiotics.
Some of the possible side effects not related to mixing alcohol and Flagyl, but just using this medicine on its own include:
- Stomach pain
- Coordination problems
- Dry mouth or a metallic taste
- Coughing, sneezing or runny nose
- Swollen or sore tongue
These are considered some of the less severe possible side effects. More severe side effects of Flagyl may include:
- Numbness or tingling in hands or feet
- White patches or sores inside the mouth or on the lips
- Painful urination
- Watery or bloody diarrhea
- Vision problems
- Concentration problems
- Changes in mood
- Muscle twitching
- Convulsions or seizures
- Sensitivity to light
- Severe skin reactions
Along with possible interactions between mixing alcohol and Flagyl, other interactions are possible with this medicine as well. For example, before taking Flagyl, you should let your physician know if you take Tagamet, seizure medicines, a blood thinner, lithium or Antabuse.
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