Alcohol for STDs: at least a little is possible?

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In the life of many, there are situations when the question “can I drink alcohol if” I want to hear an answer that inspires hope. Hope you can. Below we will tell you whether we are talking about the tediousness of doctors or the risks of meaningless treatment and complications are due to certain factors – if you are still faced with a disease transmitted word by word.

Reminder for those who have not had an STD

Undoubtedly, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are caused by germs, not alcohol. But the link between drinking and the risk of “catching” such a disease is well known, it is confirmed by many studies. Limiting or eliminating drinking before and during sex is one of the official recommendations for the prevention of genital infections.

A drunk person often gets the thought “Oh, you can!” Alcohol bound with a variety of risky sexual behaviors, including lack of protection, a large number of sexual partners, and other risky sexual practices. Among patients of venereal disease clinics, scientists discovered a large percentage of alcohol abusers.

I’m already sick. What happens if I drink?

You should not drink in such cases. Alcohol may not lead to irreparable health consequences, but there are plenty of reasons to abstain from it.

Eternal “alcohol and antibiotics”

Antibacterial drugs are prescribed to treat STDs. Their interaction with alcohol is the most dangerous. Here is the most typical example.

Doctors prescribe metronidazole and tinidazole for various STDs. Structurally, these substances similar on disulfiram – a precursor of drugs that are used for “filing” in the treatment of alcoholism. Thus, by mixing these drugs with a drink, you can feel what a broken, “hemmed” alcoholic feels. The body produces substances that cause intoxication… Its main symptoms are:

  • rush of blood to the skin, a strong feeling of heat;
  • drop in blood pressure;
  • acceleration of heart rate.

These symptoms may not seem like a good reason not to drink. However, thousands of “filed” people are trying not to mess with them. After completion of treatment with metranidazole, alcohol should be abstained for at least one day, after tinidazole – for three days.

Ceftriaxone (used for gonorrhea) belongs to a different group of antibiotics, but when taken with alcohol it can meet a similar reaction.

Can I even have a glass of dry?

Is there a “safe” dose of alcohol while taking these antibiotics? We cannot name it and we do not recommend readers to search for it by trial and error, fraught, for example, with reversal treatment of drugs that have side effects for the body.

But alcohol is not contraindicated with all antibiotics!

Yes, not in front of everyone. For example, in the instructions for azithromycin, widely used for STDs not indications that it cannot be washed down with vodka. However, the opinion that any antibiotics should not be taken with alcohol makes sense.

Toxicologist Alexey Vodovozov in his article raised the question of whether it is possible to drink with antibiotics, for which there are no specific interactions with alcohol. There is a possibility that alcohol can overload the liver, causing antibiotics to be cleared from the body more slowly. In this case, their side effects can sharply manifest themselves.

What if I haven’t started treatment yet?

Alcohol is not recommended for STDs and other urinary tract infections, not only because of drug interactions. During illness, the bladder and urethra are usually inflamed, this is accompanied by unpleasant sensations, pain when going to the toilet. Irritant, diuretic and dehydrating effects of alcohol may intensify suffering and slow down recovery.

And if I need the so-called. provocative test?

Provocative tests were used in our country decades ago, and even then there were obsolete (however, looks like, their use is not completely gone). They were carried out to drive out the causative agents of gonorrhea from hidden foci, and finally to detect them during bacteriological examination. For this, various chemical and mechanical stimuli were used. Perhaps someone suggested using alcohol for this purpose. It is better to respond to such proposals by finding a new treating doctor.

Let’s summarize

It is better to avoid alcohol before sexual intercourse, as well as during STD treatment and before the immediate start of the treatment course, if you already know about the disease. Even a small amount can negate treatment or cause risky side effects. It is also fraught with new sexual “adventures”, during which you will put under a new “blow” not only yourself, but also your partner, complicating the life of another person.

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