Penicillin And Alcohol

Quick Facts About Penicillin and Alcohol

There are a couple different schools of thought when it comes to mixing penicillin and alcohol. The more conservative side says never drink alcohol when you are taking penicillin. The other side says it doesn’t matter what you do, alcohol and penicillin do not affect each other.



Scientifically, the second group is correct. While it goes against much of what we have heard throughout our lives, alcohol does not combine badly with penicillin. The two will not mix together in your system and cause immediate death, nor with the alcohol wipe out the healing properties of the penicillin. While it is probably not a good idea to drink alcohol while taking penicillin, doing it will not have terribly adverse affects except perhaps a bit of nausea or a headache (depending on how much you drink).

There was an old school of thought that said that mixing penicillin and alcohol would negate the influence of the penicillin on whatever infection it was being used to treat. This is simply not true. In fact, it is thought that this advice used to be given by doctors treating patients with sexually transmitted diseases. They would prescribe the penicillin to the STD sufferer, but the antibiotic would not completely remove the infection for several days. By telling the patients not to mix penicillin and alcohol, the doctors were really trying to keep them from getting drunk and passing on the STD before the meds had a chance to work. Probably good advice.

Many doctors will still advise patients to refrain from drinking while taking antibiotics, but this is probably more of an overall health concern than something associated with drinking while taking medications. When a person is sick enough to require antibiotics, it is more than likely a bad idea to go out drinking with the gang. Antibiotics are used to treat many different types of infection, and when the body is fighting infection you will want to fill it with healthy nutrients. This is not the time to be consuming the empty calories found in alcoholic beverages. It is the time to be boosting your intake of the vitamins and minerals that will help your body fight off whatever is causing the sickness.

While alcohol in small amounts is not extremely unhealthy, it is not beneficial to a body that is already fighting off some type of intruding infection. The best thing for a person to drink when they are taking penicillin or other antibiotics is water. Water is really a miracle substance, and drinking it when you are sick will almost always help the body fight off whatever is causing the problem.

Our bodies are made to heal on their own, but there are times when antibiotics are used to kill an infection that the body cannot handle quickly enough without help. There are a few natural antibiotics, but most of the time these drugs are acquired from a medical professional and a prescription is required. It is not uncommon for a person to have an allergic reaction to penicillin, so there are a number of other types of antibiotics on the market today.

An allergy to penicillin can manifest in a number of different ways, like swelling of the face and throat or a quickly developing rash. If any allergic reactions come up after taking penicillin or any other antibiotic, the meds should be stopped right away. Then go back to the doctor and get a different prescription.