Are you interested in knowing whether you should take Ciprofloxacin and Alcohol together? It’s a good question that anyone taking Cipro, the brand name of Ciprofloxacin might want to know. Many, if not most, drugs have ‘interactions’ with other drugs, foods, or supplements that cause problems when taken together. It’s important to know about these Fluoroquinolone Drug Interactions, as they can be serious and even deadly. If you are unfamiliar with the damaging effects of these drugs, please read the Introduction to Fluoroquinolone Antibiotics here.
Included in this information on Ciprofoxacin and alcohol is info on:
Levofloxacin and alcohol
Moxifloxacin and alcohol,
and all other Fluoroquinolone antibiotics, since they all have similar effects to Ciprofloxacin
Ciprofloxacin and Alcohol in the Literature
So, first of all, just to ease your mind a bit, there have been very few reports in the scientific literature of any deaths or serious injuries from the interaction of Ciprofloxacin and alcohol. There was a case of one man having a serious but self-limiting skin reaction from drinking alcohol while taking cipro 1, but I could find almost no other serious reactions reported.
However, a serious issue to keep in mind is that one study showed that alcohol was cleared from the body almost 10% less efficiently than in those who did not take Ciprofloxacin 2. This means that you could end up getting intoxicated much more easily than you otherwise might, or staying impaired long after you normally might.
One thing to consider if you are taking Cipro or Levaquin and alcohol is that the Fluoroquinolone drugs are well-known to cause serious, even deadly, liver problems to such an extent that several Fluoroquinolones have been taken off the market because of so many reports of liver toxicity. These antibiotics are well-known to cause serious Mitochondrial Disorder and DNA Damage to cells, and that is probably what is occurring within the liver cells that is causing damage to them.
Alcohol, by it’s nature, impairs liver functioning, even when taken in small amounts. Heavy drinkers will almost certainly have some degree of liver dysfunction that could prevent the detoxification of these drugs and make them even more dangerous than they already are. In addition, taking Acetaminophen (brand names of Tylenol, Paracetamol, Panadol, etc.) with alcohol, even once or twice, has caused serious Tylenol Side Effects of liver damage and even liver failure as the two drugs act together to potentiate liver problems.
Normally, alcohol damages liver cells in a certain amount, lets say the amount is ‘a’; and acetaminophen damages the liver cells in a certain amount, lets say this amount is ‘b’. When the two are combined, the amount of damage done to the liver is not a+b, but is a x b. That’s multiple times the amount of liver damage done when taking the two drugs together.
And the vast majority of people with some sort of illness that requires antibiotics are also taking pain relievers at the same time. Adding in the liver damaging effects of Cipro could be devastating, or at least significantly impair your ability to Detoxify from Cipro, and this could put you at significantly higher risk for liver problems or side effects with the interaction of alcohol and Cipro. Is having your next drink worth the risk of serious liver damage or an increased risk of the known side effects of lifelong disability, injury, ruptured tendons, Aortic Aneurysm, or other lifelong health issues that could occur with Ciprofloxacin and alcohol?
You are Contemplating Alcohol Use While Treating an Infection?
While this is not meant to sound judgmental, it might sound that way to some. However, it is only an observation from someone who has researched the Fluoroquinolone drugs for many years and is very familiar with their use and the incredibly dangerous Ciprofloxacin Side Effects. If an infection is so serious that it requires antibiotic treatment, then it is a ‘big deal’.
Anyone sufficiently ill with infection to seek medical attention, and to be sick enough to receive antibiotic treatment shouldn’t even be contemplating drinking alcohol! Someone so ill as to require antibiotics should be recovering in bed and be drinking chicken soup, not alcohol. Sure, not all infections require chicken soup and bedrest, as one commenter pointed out, however, the principle is the same. If you are so ill that you will DIE without antibiotics (taking Fluoroquinolone antibiotics should be reserved for infections where life or limb is in danger), then you should be putting every ounce of your attention on giving your body everything it needs to heal yourself. The last thing you need is to be putting alcohol in place of nutrients, and damaging your liver and immune system with excess toxins.
So, if you are asking if it’s OK to have ciprofloxacin and alcohol together, you were probably not even sick enough to have received antibiotics in the first place, and maybe you should be questioning your doctor about receiving dangerous drugs intended to save lives if you really don’t need it! Did you know that almost Half of All Antibiotic Use is Unnecessary and in certain instances, such as in the case of Treatment for Bladder Infections and Chronic Sinus Infections, they are used inappropriately between 75- 96% of the time? In fact, some studies are calling for “…a more prudent use of fluoro-quinolones.” 3 than is currently being prescribed.
Antibiotics Are Serious Medicine
Anyone who is taking the Fluoroquinolone antibiotics for a non-life threatening infection, who is well enough to be contemplating taking Ciprofloxacin and alcohol, should be doing some serious research on the medication they are taking, and seeing for themselves just how great the risk is one one takes these drugs.
Have led to permanent disability in many previously young healthy people
Antibiotics for Bronchitis, A Warning Story outlines the story of a young healthy woman who took the Fluoroquinolone antibiotics for a simple case of bronchitis and ended up dead because of it. In addition to this site, there are dozens of sites, such as Floxiehope.com, that were founded by people permanently disabled by the Fluoroquinolone antibiotics. Is it really worth it to take such risks when you are not that sick?
Sorry to be so blunt, and I’ve probably offended some people with the tone of this post, but anyone who is really so ill as to need to seek medical attention and to require life-saving treatment with potent chemotherapeutic drugs (yes, you heard that right, the Fluoroquinolones are chemotherapy drugs!) should really be contemplating how best to get well and not whether or not they can take their Ciprofloxacin and alcohol together.
When you understand the Fluoroquinolone antibiotics, like we here at FQResearch.com do, you’d be contemplating how best to survive this life-threatening illness without ending up with a lifelong disability, not how best to continue to take recreational drugs with your life-saving treatment.
These drugs are dangerous chemotherapeutic agents that can lead to significant health problems, and even cause permanent disability. Are you sure that taking a drink is worth it?
If you are suffering from any of the symptoms of Fluoroquinolone Toxicity, we highly recommend following the protocol in the Fluoroquinolone Toxicity Solution book. With a money-back guarantee, you have nothing to lose and everything to gain by the information you’ll learn.
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