Doxycycline and Alcohol Can Cause Problems

Dr. Drew Sutton MD

This article was reviewed and approved by Dr. Drew Sutton MD

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Drinking alcohol while taking Doxycycline is not a good idea. Alcohol significantly reduces the benefits of the drug.

Doxycycline is a broad-spectrum antibiotic and a second-generation tetracycline. It delivers a compound to the body that halts the growth of bacteria. It does this by stopping the bacteria from creating proteins within the system. By eliminating bacteria’s development, the drug allows the body to fight off infection faster than it grows naturally.

It is 90 percent absorbed when taken orally. Its absorption, however, is reduced by alcohol because the liver metabolizes both.

  • Avoiding alcohol while taking any medication is undoubtedly true in the case of Doxycycline. Essentially, drinking registers as a poison, and the liver immediately begins removing it.
  • If a patient experiences problems during treatment, alcohol in their system makes it more challenging to diagnose and provide treatment.

Lost effectiveness

When a person consumes alcohol while taking this medication, the length of time this drug remains in the body is significantly less because the liver flushes both the medicine and alcohol out at the same time. As a result, alcohol reduces treatment in the bloodstream by increasing its elimination.

  • If a person does decide to drink a small amount of alcohol, be sure and do so at a slow pace.
  • Also, the combination of these two drugs increases sun sensitivity.

Shared side effects

Both Doxycycline and alcohol share specific side effects. That can means they all can be more intense.

Side effects include the following:

  • Dehydration
  • Darkening of the urine
  • Fatigue
  • Decreased cognitive abilities
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Possible liver damage
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