Azithromycin and Its Uses
The antibiotic Azithromycin is marketed under the brand names Zmax, and Zithromax, and is used to treat severe respiratory bacterial such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, tonsillitis, sinusitis, pneumonia, cervicitis, urethritis and other genital ulcer diseases, and even some forms of skin infections.
While, there are no major special dietary restrictions for Azithromycin, in general, antibiotics and other medications do work better if alcohol is not consumed. Additionally, although alcohol in moderation may be fine for some individuals and for certain medications, this does not mean there will be no side effects later on.
Your Liver: Some Words of Caution
Drugs, medications, antibiotics and alcohol are metabolized in the liver, and a major warning for Azithromycin, is that individuals with a history of liver problems, jaundice and yellowing of the eyes, nails, and skin should avoid taking the medication. This means you should inform your physician if he/she is unaware and is recommending Azithromycin. Alcohol can slow the liver's ability to filter and metabolize. A sluggish liver will have a reduced metabolic speed which simply means the alcohol will now take a much longer time to leave your body.
This could pose a host of future complications, and their origin will be more difficult to pin-point. As well, remember: There is no 'one size fits all" in medicine and health care. The reality is that for different individuals, body types, different types of alcohol, medications and so on, the dynamics become even more complex. Bottom line? Although the studies on the effects of alcohol and Azithromycin seem somewhat inconclusive, it is recommended that you try and steer clear of alcohol while taking antibiotics as well as with other medications.
Stay Informed and Knowledgeable: Avoid Being Gullible
As you read this article, it is important to remember that this and similar articles will not include all the available and detailed information regarding the possible side effects and other interactions, directions, warnings, uses, and other precautions and possible risks of combining alcohol with Azithromycin. This information is not specific medical advice and is by no means a replacement for the valuable information your physician who holds your medical records can provide.
To this end, this information should not be used as an endorsement certifying or approving azithromycin, other drugs, alcohol, or practices as effective and safe for your particular condition and overall health. Rather, it should be viewed as a brief summary of general information and additional knowledge about the effects of alcohol on Azithromycin.
Playing a Safe Game
Always play it safe. When in doubt, remember to ALWAYS consult your physician or pharmacist with more questions about possible drug interactions, and be sure to ALWAYS ask about possible drug interactions when taking any medication (prescribed or OTC), if you will be consuming alcohol. Since health care providers are trained medical professionals, they have the knowledge to decide what you should be taking or what you should avoid while on a course of antibiotics and /or other medications.
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