How Long After I Stop Taking Metronidazole Can I Drink Alcohol?


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You should wait a minimum of forty eight hours after completing a course of Metronidazole before you consume any alcohol.

If these two substances are mixed together they can cause long-lasting damage to your body, and other unpleasant side affects.

Metronidazole and alcohol
Most of the problems that occur when these two substances are mixed are caused by the Metronidazole, as this antibiotic hampers the body's ability to effectively break down alcohol.

If these substances have been mixed then a patient may experience;

  • Intense flushing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Severe headaches
  • Increased heart rate
  • Or an irregular heart rate
  • Low blood pressure
  • Vomiting
  • Nausea
  • Death - although the probability of this happening is extremely low.
This mixture is made even more dangerous due to its unpredictability and severity.

Limited pharmacological research has been published about the effects of this mixture on the body, which makes it more difficult to treat if a patient does drink alcohol with Metronidazole.

Remember to always wait at least forty eight hours after you have completed the course of Metronidazole before you drink alcohol.

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