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To drink alcohol when I'm on penicillin?

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Sickofthisnow Fri 20-Jan-17 17:19:06

I am on day 3 of a 7 course of antibiotics for a chest infection. It's been pretty miserable I'm still shattered but definitely improving. Today it's my birthday and DH has booked my favourite restaurant smile I really would enjoy a cocktail tonight- does anyone know if this would be OK? I'm not planning on having a huge bender just one or two drinks but I'm worried they'll interfere with the antibiotics.

SweetChickadee Fri 20-Jan-17 17:20:55

unless your pill bottle says AVOID ALCOHOL you should be fine.

Klaphat Fri 20-Jan-17 17:25:22

www.bbc.com/future/story/20130917-truth-about-drink-and-antibiotics

Elphame Fri 20-Jan-17 17:25:48

Alcohol is fine with most antibiotics including penicillin - it will say on the leaflet if you should avoid alcohol.

Wolfiefan Fri 20-Jan-17 17:28:14

Ask a pharmacist if you're not sure. You don't want to be ill.

SweetChickadee Fri 20-Jan-17 17:29:31

oh and happy birthday! flowers

Mintychoc1 Fri 20-Jan-17 17:29:51

You'll be fine.
(I'm a GP)

StarryIllusion Fri 20-Jan-17 17:31:01

You might end up regretting it. I drank with antibiotics once and only once. I spent a solid hour in the toilets heaving my guts up. Then the other end decided to jump on the bandwagon. It was only 2 ciders. It may not interfere itself but they aren't doing you any good if you throw them up.

Mari50 Fri 20-Jan-17 17:32:13

It's fine, invariably it's advised not to drink alcohol with antibiotics because they can reduce the effectiveness of the ab's. If you ever have to take metronidazole though don't mix with alcohol as there is a genuine interaction.

ootsideinbacktaefront Fri 20-Jan-17 17:34:04

Only metronidazole should be avoided.

CorporalNobbyNobbs Fri 20-Jan-17 17:40:18

My doc would say that's fine. He says the reason you shouldn't drink if on antibs is because you shouldn't drink if you're ill, not because of the meds. I think a couple wouldn't hinder your recovery though. Happy birthday enjoy!

MrsJayy Fri 20-Jan-17 17:43:33

Only thing is you might feel a bit sick penicillin makes me feel bleurgh but if you are feeling ok have a drink and Happy birthday

Fluffyears Fri 20-Jan-17 17:46:09

If the leaflet says not too then avoid. My friend had two mouthfuls of a drink once and spent hours spewing.

questioningitall Fri 20-Jan-17 17:46:48

As above. There's only one antibiotic, I believe, that you shouldn't drink on. I did (should have read the bloody label) and felt absolutely dreadful!

You'll be fine re the penicillin, but I would question going out for dinner and drinks on a horrible chest infection. I imagine that will set you back a few days recovery.

flumpybear Fri 20-Jan-17 17:48:01

Crack on .....unless metronidazole enjoy!!

purpleprincess24 Fri 20-Jan-17 17:52:37

I've never had a problem drinking alcohol when on antibiotics

However I was once given a prescription for antibiotics when I had a tummy upset and the doctor and then the pharmacist told me that I must not drink as it would make me ill .... I did as I was told

StarryIllusion Fri 20-Jan-17 20:34:17

Interesting that you all say Metronidazole. My dad drinks like a fish on that and is fine. It was Amoxicillin that I ended up ill on.

SauvignonBlanche Fri 20-Jan-17 20:40:03

Cheers! wine

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