Why You Shouldn’t Mix Alcohol with Metronidazole Pills

Many times we are told by our doctors not to combine certain medicines with other drugs and chemicals due to its potential side effects and drug interactions. Before you are prescribed with certain medicines by your doctor, you should be well aware of the precautions as well as how the medications will function so that you will know what to expect. Generally this is part of the patient safety rules. That is why you will find a leaflet packed together with the medicines you have bought so you can have something to glance on during your treatment. Leaflets contain the general instructions, precautions, the general dos and don’ts, as well as a brief list of drugs or chemical that you should never combine with your medication.

Metronidazole pills are antibacterial drugs with its sole purpose to kill and eliminate infections caused by various types of bacteria and parasites. Most of these infections can occur in the digestive tract, genital area, lungs, and other internal organs. With metronidazole pills it is easier to eliminate such body intruders by simply killing the pathogens and parasites and prevent them from coming back.

Although Metronidazole pills are very powerful and beneficial antibiotic, take note that it is still a drug that might have some drawbacks especially when taken together with other chemicals and drugs. That is why you need to discuss with your doctor about your treatment prior of taking Metronidazole pills. Among the most prohibited chemicals that you should never ingest with metronidazole is alcohol. So what makes Metronidazole pills and alcohol a dangerous combo? Read more…

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On their , the group takes exception to the idea that women should take any meds after childbirth. They also don't seem to like the idea of physicians using their clinical judgement to decide which women could safely use Tylenol 3 for post-partum pain relief:

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There’s never been a better time to dissect our healthcare system.

, Michael Moore’s new documentary on the state of healthcare (released today in Canada), holds us up as a model of how well universal healthcare can work. Many Canadians will experience a mix of pride and incredulity when they see it (I know I did when I saw it). But what’s certain is that seeing our system on the big screen is making us all do a little healthcare soul searching.

So we think it’s a great time for us to launch our new editors’ blog.

Every week we'll post the health stories - Canadian and international - we think are important, shocking or just just plain odd. We'll also bring you updates on stories we’ve covered in the .

We hope you enjoy it.

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