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Azithromycin and Alcohol - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 13-Jan-2012
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User :   Is it okay to have a couple beers while taking azithromycin for an upper respiratory infection?
Doctor :   ok
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i will help you in this
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when did you start the azithromycin?
User :   on Thursday night
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how many days course was prescribed to you?
User :   5...i just took my last dose.
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azithromycin itself can cause drowsiness, dizziness, blurred vision and lightheadhedness, so if taken along with alcohol
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these effects will be more pronounced
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how long back did you take your last dose?
User :   about 3 hours ago.
User :   my main question is if it will affect the effectiveness of the antibiotic
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Alcohol does not reduce the effectiveness of azithromycin
Doctor :   only its effects will get more pronounced by the alcohol use
Doctor :   azithromycin stays in the body for about 24 hours
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during this time the drug is slowly excreted
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so it is safe to take alcohol after 24 hours of taking the azithromycin
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have you followed what i have said?
User :   yes i have.
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Is there any thing else I can help you with?
User :   i'm not too worried about the side main concern is if having a couple beers will slow down my recovery.
User :   on the package, it said that my symptoms will continue to improve beyond the 5th day of treatment...if the medicine is only in my system for 24 hours, how does it continue to be effective after that?
Doctor :   the main efect lasts for the five days that you take the antibiotic
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during that time the organism causing the infection gets killed
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but the toxins and the inflammation produced by them lasts in the body
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which takes time to clear
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hence the other symptoms seem to improve after the last dose of antibiotic when all the disease causing organisms are dead
User :   oh ok
User :   thats great...thank you for your help...i think that clears it up.
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is there anything else i can help you with?
User :   no...i think that cleared it up
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