Praise the person who invented antibiotics. With these medicines we began to live longer and better. Antibacterial drugs save us for any infectious diseases. But with their admission there are a number of serious limitations, otherwise instead of treating the simplest infection, you can rumble to a hospital bed with serious complications. One of such restrictions is the reception of alcohol. Consider the interaction of these mutually exclusive substances using the example of the third generation antibiotic under the trade name "Supraks".
Description of the drug Supraks
Suprax is the newest antibiotic of the cephalosporin series. The active substance of the drug is cefixime. The convenience of the drug consists in its tablet form, taking the medicine only once a day, it is convenient for busy people and small children.
Suprax is used for serious infections:
- inflammatory diseases of the nasopharynx - sinusitis, pharyngitis, tonsillitis;
- mean otitis media;
- infections of the genitourinary system;
The action of the antibiotic is aimed at destroying the cells of the pathogenic flora, which ultimately inhibits their reproduction and growth.
As a rule, Supraks is well tolerated by patients of any age, but it, like other cephalosporins, has a number of side effects:
- headaches and dizziness;
- nausea, flatulence, abdominal pain, vomiting and diarrhea;
- can sometimes develop a liver disease like jaundice;
- drug changes the formula of the blood: in some patients there is neutropenia, leukopenia, thrombocytopenia.
The drug is not very toxic and can be used in young children aged six months.
Interaction with alcohol
If you carefully read the instructions, then we do not find any mention of the negative effect of alcoholic beverages. So, alcohol in no way will affect the course of treatment for infectious diseases and they can be taken at the same time?
Recent studies show that the simultaneous intake of a small amount of alcohol and antibiotics is not forbidden at all. Previously, doctors believed that course treatment with antibiotics is incompatible with taking alcoholic beverages because of toxic effects on the liver and reducing the effectiveness of treatment. But at the present time these claims are considered insolvent, and the use of alcohol in small amounts is not prohibited.
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However, not everything is so simple with cephalosporins, to which the considered preparation Suprapax Solutab belongs. Scientists have found that some antibiotics of the cephalosporin series interfere with the fermentation of acetaldehyde in the body, acting like disulfiram preparations, which is used in the coding of patients with alcoholism.
Thus, with the simultaneous use of alcohol and Supraksa, a reaction very similar to alcohol intoxication may develop:
- severe headache;
- change in blood pressure;
These symptoms may well send a person to a hospital bed after several glasses of cognac drunk against the previously accepted antibiotic. Perhaps it's not worth the risk, is it?
Consequences of the combination of
In addition to the disulfiram-like reaction, the liver can also present a surprise. Recently, doctors have been actively talking that the increased burden on the liver and its destruction due to the simultaneous use of antibacterial drugs and alcohol is a myth. And yet it is worth remembering that no significant studies have been carried out on their compatibility, and it is still not known exactly how the liver of a patient will react to the medicine and alcohol taken at the same time.
It turns out that the potential risk of getting serious poisoning and liver damage is high enough, therefore we conclude that from alcohol consumption during the course of treatment it is worthwhile to refrain.
Among other things, Supraks is taken with the aim of curing serious infectious diseases. The use of alcohol - is the same toxic impact on a weakened body, as well as taking an antibiotic. Weakening the immunity even more, you can get a whole bunch of complications of the underlying disease, and you'll have to be treated longer and much more financially.
Conclusion one - to take alcohol on the background of treatment with the drug Supraks still not worth it.
Through how many it is possible? The next dose of the drug is better taken after the complete elimination of alcohol toxins, namely after 5-8 hours, following the admission to the chest.
The maximum treatment rate for Suprax is only 10 days, during which it is possible to do without abuse of alcohol. After passing the therapy, it is quite possible to drink a glass of a weak alcoholic beverage, although it will be best to wait at least a week with the feast. This precaution will avoid any consequences and will allow the body to recover after the illness.