Q. Does mixing alcohol with antibiotics slows down healing in an asthmatic patient?

Answered by
Dr. Amolkumar W Diwan
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
Published on Oct 17, 2019

Hello doctor,

I was recently diagnosed with asthma, bronchitis, and pharyngitis. I am currently on some temporary medicines, and antibiotics to treat these sicknesses along with an inhaler. I do not feel that bad, but I need to take the pills. However, being in college, I have a big game this weekend. This question may seem to be a little stupid but, would mixing of alcohol with antibiotics be deadly? Or would it just slow down the process of making me better? I know it is a silly question to ask, but I am half minded on it and would prefer not to end up in the hospital.

Dr. Amolkumar W Diwan

Allergy Specialist Pulmonology (Asthma Doctors)
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Hello,

Welcome to icliniq.com.

I guess you are taking medicines for bronchitis and pharyngitis. So most probably it is an antibiotic medicine. Generally, we advise to take medicines after food with water, and within limits taking some medicines with low alcohol does not cause any harm. However, it is best to avoid to do so.

The idea of taking medicines with alcohol is not advised as it can be harmful. Alcohol and some medicines cause gastritis, and you may vomit out. Also, it can cause liver toxicity with such combination. So there is no logic of taking medicines with alcohol.

Also, alcohol intensifies the effects of certain medicines, and alcohol can not dissolve some medicines. Serious interactions also can occur.So it is a better idea to consult your doctor before doing so.

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