Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Alcohol and Antibiotics

I am taking antibiotics for a sore throat and I want to drink alcohol on New Years Eve. What do you advise?
Jessica G.

Jessica G:
Doctors often advise not to mix alcohol and antibiotics and there is good reason for this. Excessive alcohol (like at that New Years Eve party with your friends) can interfere with your immune system, cause dehydration and prolong your illness.

But there are really only a few antibiotics that alcohol affects. They are:
Metronidazole (Flagyl)

the side-effects include flushing, breathlessness, headache, increased or irregular heart rate, low blood pressure, nausea and vomiting.

Trimetheprim/Sulfa (Bactrim, Septra)
similar side-effects are possible

and some rare antibiotics like:
furazolidone (Furoxone),
griseofulvin (Grisactin),
Antimalarial Quinacrine (Atabrine)

Bottom line, if you are not on the above antibiotics, you can have a celebratory drink on New Years Eve. Stay hydrated and sleep in the next day do help recovery. Happy New Years!


ERP said...

That is a hilarious pic.

tracy said...

i love the pic too...but it seems like it should say "...you'll n e v e r be Hermoine." (sp?) Unless. of couse, the comparasin is to Potter himself. i would d e f i n a t e l y settle for being Hermonie...if only i could spell it!
Happy 2009, Dr. Brayer!

Knitted_in_the_Womb said...

Didn't anyone notice that "no" is misspelled on the poster?

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Dr. Lawrence Kindo said...

I agree with you on this one. I have a number of my colleagues in the armed forces who frequently ask this question. Making the distinction between binge and social drinking is required to create a balance.

You might be interested in a related article: http://www.medicalisland.net/health-guide/the-dangers-associated-with-alcohol-consumption-in-youth