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Chronic alcohol consumption may enhance the elimination of doxycycline. The mechanism is induction of hepatic microsomal enzymes by alcohol. In one study, the half-life of doxycycline in six alcoholics was 10.5 hours, compared with 14.7 hours in six control patients.
Alcohol may reduce the effectiveness of Doxycycline – drink in moderation only, or avoid alcohol, while taking this treatment
You frequently read that antiboitics should not be taken along with alcohol. Is this just because alcohol affects the absorption of the drug?If the dose is one tablet a day, taken in the morning, is the alcohol (not a skin full!) yIou would like to have with my evening meal going to affect the efficacy of the course?The drug in question is Doxycycline and seems to have some very stringent instructions - like not to take it laying down but stand or sit. It is an irritant, apparently. My sinusitis is very persistent, having taken five days to respond significantly. I wouldn't like to undo all the good work but I am going to be socialising for two evenings and you know how it is. . . .
Tetracycline should be taken on an empty stomach. Avoid cheese, yogurt, milk, ice cream, iron-fortified cereals and supplements, and meats for 2 hours before or after taking this drug. There is no interaction with alcohol.
Are you having difficulty with the second clause in this "You should not drink alcohol whilst taking Doxycycline capsules, speak to your doctor if you have questions"?I think they probably are just covering themselves but I'm not a doctor.It's my understanding that they tell you to avoid alcohol because the combination of drug and alcohol; is more likely to upset your stomach and also an upset stomach from drinking may mess up the absorbtion of the drug. (It certainly will if you treat it with a calcium containing antacid).On the other hand you would be better asking someone who knows more about it than me; preferably someone who knows about your own particular circumstances. Your doctor might be a reasonable choice.
Your doctor might be a reasonable choice.