Alcohol can interact with antibiotics like Flagyl. A commonly prescribed antibiotic, Flagyl treats bacterial and parasitic infections, including those in the vagina, abdomen, and skin. Flagyl is also available in its generic name, metronidazole.
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Side Effects of Mixing Alcohol and Flagyl
The body relies on specific enzymes to break down alcohol into substances that can be eliminated. Several by-products are created through this complex process. One of the byproducts is a toxic substance called acetaldehyde. Flagyl can prevent the functioning of enzymes that are responsible for breaking down acetaldehyde.
When this interaction happens, acetaldehyde can build up in the body, leading to many side effects, including:
- Abdominal cramps
These effects usually occur five to 15 minutes after consuming alcohol.
Flagyl can increase a person’s sensitivity to alcohol. Even having a small amount of alcohol while on Flagyl can make some people very sick, and they experience not only nausea and vomiting but also the feeling of shortness of breath. Some other side effects of mixing alcohol and Flagyl may include:
- Changes in blood pressure
- Liver damage
- Rapid heart rate
- Stomach pain
- Hot flashes