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…

What's in the news: Feb. 16 -- Did wait times cause Toronto subway assault?


Hospital wait times may have triggered TTC attacker
A man who shoved two teenagers in front of a Toronto subway car last Friday claimed he had been waiting for care at a hospital for 12 hours before he gave up and left. A source told The Globe and Mail, whose editor's son was one of the two teens, both of whom managed to avoid being killed by the train, that the man was being treated for depression with antidepressants.

The man accused of pushing the boys, Adenir DeOliveira, has been ordered by a court to undergo psychiatric evaluation. "... I want to know if there were cracks in the system that led to this," said The Globe's editor-in-chief, Edward Greenspon. "All of us need to be concerned with the public safety aspect of this. I have questions about that which I hope will be answered as the investigation continues."

Methadone users protest
Methadone users protested outside the offices of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario last week. They complained of a "double standard" for methadone patients, who are required to give personal information to the college. Dr Philip Berger joined the patients in the protest. He has filed complaints with the province's human rights and privacy commissions. "The college is supposed to regulate doctors, not patients," he said. "Imagine going to see your doctor for high blood pressure or diabetes and the doctor says, 'Before giving you this medication, you've got to sign a form agreeing to give this (personal) information to a licensing body.'" [Toronto Star]

An eager pharma company
The pharma company Janssen-Ortho has applied to Health Canada to have their new drug to prevent premature ejaculation approved. The drug, dapoxetine, was denied approval by the US Food and Drug Administration in 2005, but the regulator's reasoning hasn't been released.

Point-counterpoint
Direct-to-consumer drug advertising is good, wrote Durhane Wong-Rieger. [Canadian Family Physician]

No, it's bad, argued Barbara Mintzes. [Canadian Family Physician]

Missing med students found
Two University of Ottawa med students were located by a search and rescue team after they became lost for two days while hiking in New Hampshire.

Ouch!
Health Canada warned of counterfeit toothbrushes, which, terrifyingly, could leave dislodged bristles stuck in your throat. [Health Canada advisory]

"Super-Bugged"
Stéphanie Verge recounted her nosocomial MRSA infection in an article for Toronto Life. "I was one of the estimated 250,000 people a year in Canada who leave the hospital with a new infection—acquired, more often than not, because of unsanitary conditions. Patients check in to hospitals making a silent pact with those who work there that they will leave healthier than when they arrived. Showing up for a routine surgery and exiting with a potentially deadly infection is not part of the agreement."

Canadian-trained doc arrested for rape
Dr Peter L Chi, a Canadian-educated plastic surgeon in California, has been arrested and charged with eight sex crimes, including rape by a foreign object and sexual assault. According to police, a total of 32 women have complained about Dr Chi. He turned in his medical licence. Read the criminal complaint.

Paying for US health reform
Massachusetts Democratic Congressman Barney Frank argued in an essay in The Nation that the question of where to find funding for health reform is not nearly as complex as it's been made out to be: just cut the outrageous amount of money spent on defence.

Photo: Spadina subway station (Toronto), Shutterstock