Amoxicilin and Alcohol

Alcohol with medicine has always been considered as a combination which makes you more prone to illness. Most of the health care advisers recommend us not take alcohol while on medication but alcohol is not contraindicated for all drugs.

There are misconception in our minds that antibiotics when mixed with alcohol interacts with each other. There are no known drugs till date according to researches which can cause interaction between the two substances.

Studies conducted on the effects of alcohol in the action of amoxicillin reveal that alcohol may influence the rate of metabolism but not the absorption. In a specific study, eight healthy volunteers were put on clinical test. Each participant received a dose of amoxicillin along with alcohol. Blood samples were then taken and amoxicillin levels were measured and evaluated. The clinical trial revealed that alcohol did not directly affect the pharmacokinetic of amoxicillin. Although there is a significant effect on the absorption rate of amoxicillin, it is not enough to hamper its action. This means that alcohol is relatively safe for patients taking amoxicillin.

Although alcohol does not decrease the effectiveness of amoxicillin or cause adverse interactions, there may be other reasons why avoiding alcohol is necessary. For one, alcohol can reduce your energy and delay your recovery from the illness. Therefore, it is recommended that you avoid alcohol until you are fully recovered or have completed the antibiotic treatment.


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