Flagyl or metronidazole is a kind of antibiotic drug used for the treatment of bacterial infections like vaginal yeast infections, stomach infections, skin and joint infections, urinary tract infections, and may more. This drug is commonly used by most patients suffering from any bacterial infections. There are important points a patient needs to know before using metronidazole because aside from its needed effects, it also contain side effects and interactions with other drugs that causes unwanted effects. One of which is the reaction with metronidazole and alcohol.
For patients who are using metronidazole or flagyl, there is a medical warning for taking metronidazole and alcohol together. Usually, metronidazole and alcohol interacts with one another and causes harmful effects. With metronidazole and alcohol all together, it prejudices the breakdown of alcohol in the body. Some patient might not be aware that they are already mixing metronidazole and alcohol to their system because products like aftershaves and mouthwash contains an alcohol ingredient in which some might not be aware of. Even at small amounts of alcohol could trigger the effects.
So, what could happen if we mixed metronidazole and alcohol in the body? Taking in alcohol even at small amounts could result in the throbbing of the neck and head. Metronidazole and alcohol could also cause severe vomiting, nausea, sweating, low blood pressure, rapid heart rate, and also irregular heartbeat. These effects could last for at least 30 to 60 minutes or up to several hours depending on the amount of alcohol consumed in the body.
What are we going to do if metronidazole and alcohol interacts? Well, the best thing to do is to consult immediately a doctor or a healthcare provider and seek for an immediate medical assistance especially when the effects are severe or fatal. For moderate effects, the symptoms would just go away after a few hours. Once we started our medication with metronidazole, we should monitor our food or any products with alcohol from getting into our body. As much as possible, make sure not to take again products with alcohol if under the medication of metronidazole. Prevention is better than cure, stop using medicines that contains an alcohol in it if you are currently using metronidazole. Even topical products with alcohol such as lotions and creams may lead to metronidazole and alcohol interaction.
The minimum amount of alcohol to produce a metronidazole and alcohol reaction varies in every individual. If you notice some signs of metronidazole and alcohol reaction, immediately contact your doctor, so that he can make adjustments especially when you are medicating from two different kinds of ailments. By the way, metronidazole and alcohol reaction could still happen even if you had taken metronidazole yesterday and you plan to drink alcohol the day after tomorrow. The reason for this is that, the amount of the chemicals inside the body does not easily decay; the best approximation for this is to only take alcohol after 3 or 4 days from the date of taking in metronidazole to avoid any unwanted reactions.