Can you drink alcohol while taking amoxicillin clavulanate?
Things to be careful of. Drinking alcohol while taking these tablets does not usually cause any problems. However, some people who drink alcohol while taking antibiotics similar to amoxycillin and clavulanic acid have experienced adverse effects.
Drinking alcohol while taking amoxicillin is generally considered safe, and it won't decrease the effectiveness of amoxicillin. However, taking antibiotics such as amoxicillin may cause an upset stomach, and alcohol can make this and other side effects worse.
- 14 Side Effects of Amoxicillin
- allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue.
- breathing problems.
- dark urine.
- redness, blistering, peeling or loosening of the skin, including inside the mouth.
- stomach upset.
- Amoxicillin is a penicillin antibiotic that fights bacteria. Amoxicillin is used to treat many different types of infection caused by bacteria, such as tonsillitis, bronchitis, pneumonia, gonorrhea, and infections of the ear, nose, throat, skin, or urinary tract.
- Combining antibiotics and alcohol can increase these side effects. A few antibiotics — such as metronidazole (Flagyl), tinidazole (Tindamax), and sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim (Bactrim) — should not be mixed with alcohol because this may result in a more severe reaction.
Combining antibiotics and alcohol can increase these side effects. A few antibiotics — such as metronidazole (Flagyl), tinidazole (Tindamax), and sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim (Bactrim) — should not be mixed with alcohol because this may result in a more severe reaction.
- Blood Thinner Drugs. Be careful about drinking if you're taking a blood thinner, such as warfarin (Coumadin). Your liver breaks down alcohol and some medications. If it's busy working on the alcohol instead of your blood thinner, the level of the drug in your blood will go up and raise your bleeding risk.
- It's unlikely that drinking alcohol in moderation will cause problems while you're taking penicillin - it won't affect the medicine. However it's sensible to avoid drinking alcohol while you're unwell.
- While moderate amounts of alcohol may cause blood sugar to rise, excess alcohol can actually decrease your blood sugar level -- sometimes causing it to drop into dangerous levels, especially for people with type 1 diabetes. Beer and sweet wine contain carbohydrates and may raise blood sugar.
Updated: 2nd October 2019