Antibiotics and Alcohol
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Is the combination of antibiotics and alcohol dangerous? Check out this video to find out what you risk by drinking while on antibiotics.
Transcript: Despite all the warnings you've heard from friends and family, you can mix antibiotics and alcohol x....
Despite all the warnings you've heard from friends and family, you can mix antibiotics and alcohol x. Most antibiotics don't lose their effectiveness when combined with alcohol. And out of the hundreds available on the market, only a few interact with alcohol so that you experience adverse side effects. The antibiotics that DO have a negative interaction with alcohol are metronidazole, tinidazole, and trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole. Take them AND drink and you can experience facial flushing, nausea, vomiting and heart palpitations. Furazolidone, griseofulvin, and quinacrine PLUS alcohol can also cause you to feel MORE ill, and erythromycin may increase the effect of alcohol so you become intoxicated more quickly. You should NOT see this as a bonus prize! However, many of the most commonly prescribed antibiotics, the ones you're most likely to be prescribed, are safe to take with moderate drinking. However, if you're a HEAVY drinker or an alcoholic, antibiotics may be less effective because of existing liver damage. Talk to your doctor about your specific medical history and lifestyle. And remember, just because antibiotics and alcohol aren't usually a dangerous mix, doesn't mean you should drink while taking them. Alcohol also weakens your immune system and decreases your ability to fight the infection the antibiotics are supposed to help you get over.More »
Last Modified: 2013-06-12 | Tags »
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Do antibiotics make birth control not work? Check this video to out to learn if there's a relationship between antibiotics and birth control, or if it's all a myth.
Transcript: On an episode of the cartoon Family Guy, Lois tells her daughter Meg that she was conceived because she...
On an episode of the cartoon Family Guy, Lois tells her daughter Meg that she was conceived because she took antibiotics, making her birth control ineffective. Can this happen in real life, though? Most of the time, NO, it can't. Hormonal contraception or birth control pills WON'T stop working while a woman is on antibiotics. A 2011 Harvard study looked at this myth and concluded that -except for two specific antibiotics--there is no negative association between the two drugs. An antibiotic called RIFAMPIN and another called RIFABUTIN are enzyme-inducing, meaning they can SPEED UP the way the hormones in birth control pills are processed by your body. That reduces the amount of the hormones that make it into your bloodstream, which may make them less effective. These antibiotics are RARELY prescribed, though; rifampin is used to treat tuberculosis, which is rare in the United States. Rifabutin is used to prevent a tuberculosis-type infection in people with advanced HIV or AIDS. That leaves HUNDREDS of other antibiotics that ARE safe to take while on birth control.Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more details, and never take antibiotics without a prescription.More »
Last Modified: 2013-06-12 | Tags »
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Fluticasone nasal spray is used to treat airway spasms in asthma patients. View our video to find out more.
Transcript: When fluticasone and salmeterol are combined, they form a prescription drug which is available only under...
When fluticasone and salmeterol are combined, they form a prescription drug which is available only under the brand name Advair Diskus. This medication is made up of a bronchodilator, salmeterol, and a corticosteroid, fluticasone. Like other bronchodilators, the salmeterol in Advair Diskus causes the muscle cells around a person's airways to relax, in turn opening them and making breathing easier. Meanwhile, the fluticasone component of this medication serves as a powerful anti-inflammatory in the airways, easing some of the long-term symptoms of the disease. Advair Diskus is most commonly used in the treatment of asthma. It can also be prescribed to treat bronchitis in people with chronic pulmonary obstructive disease. Advair Diskus is available to be inhaled in doses of 50 micrograms of salmeterol combined with 100, 250, or 500 micrograms of fluticasone. Advair Diskus is generally inhaled twice a day. Follow the picture instructions on the package and rinse your mouth with water after using this medication. The most commonly reported side effects of Advair Diskus include headaches and upper respiratory infections, but please ask your doctor for a complete list. Also, tell your doctor IMMEDIATELY if you experience swelling, a rash, an asthma attack that you can't treat with your short-acting medication, or any other significant changes. Advair Diskus should not be taken DURING an asthma attack, as it is for long-term asthma treatment only. Ask your doctor for a full list of medications and conditions that should not be combined with Advair Diskus. Advair Diskus is commonly prescribed to treat asthma and bronchitis over the long-term. However, this medication must always be used under the direct care of a physician. Please ask for and review all of the patient information provided by your doctor before taking Advair Diskus.More »
Last Modified: 2014-01-17 | Tags »
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