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Why you should avoid alcohol while taking metronidazole ?

Metronidazole is a well-known anti-bacterial agent that has been used for decades to treat infections, especially gram positive agents. However, it is recommended to avoid alcohol while you are under any treatment regimen that includes Flagyl (Metronidazole).

Disulfiram-like reaction:

A disulfiram-like reaction occurs when alcohol interacts similarly with a drug other than disulfiram, such as Flagyl.

When a person combines Flagyl and alcohol, their disulfiram-like reaction may be mild to moderate and include:

  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • a rapid heartbeat
  • low blood pressure
  • headaches
  • flushing of the face

When is it safe to drink alcohol again?

It is recommended to be 48 hours after finishing your treatment course. This is because it takes roughly 48 hours for metronidazole to be cleared from the body of an average adult.

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