Doxycycline antimalarials: No alcohol ?
OldandRambling
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#1
| Maha Guru Member

Doxycycline antimalarials: No alcohol ?

Hi,
I am not a big drinker, but enjoy a beer or two now and again...

Just noticed my Doxycycline tablets for anti malaria state no alcohol, guess it's a liver thing...

Any idea if a total ban is necessary, or will the odd Kingfisher beer be just a small risk?

Edwin.

p.s. If you mixed the two and died, no need to reply ! :D

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#2
| Maha Guru Member
It's never bothered me, O&R. I would say that a few cold Kingfishers at the end of a hot day are an absolute necessity. :)
#3
| dalit vamoosed
... a thousand doxy and a case of whisky can cause death
#4
| Senior Member
Why doxycycline and not a combination Atovaquone/Proguanil also known here as Malarone ?
#5
| Loud Noisy Bird
One doxy can cause bloody awful acid stomach. [shock]




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#6
| Maha Guru Member
Whether it suits you I don't know but I have seen people taking liv-52 syrup in these circumstances, along with lots of buttermilk (if available)or lassi, curd, fresh lime water and have seen them remain fit too.
#7
| Loud Noisy Bird
I had to take it for a month, for an infection. It was fine at first, then the acid-stomach started. Had to sit bolt upright for at least a half hour after taking tablet, despite also taking anti-acid tablets.

It's worth knowing its a side effect, and what to do about it.
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#8
| Maha Guru Member
You are supposed to take Doxy with a meal as it can affect the stomach. You don't want to mess with esophogitis as it can lead to esophageal cancer, one of the nastier ways to die (the good news is its quick). I suppose if the beer was consumed at another time. Keep in mind that cancer and other problems are often a matter of general lifestyle and pure god awful luck..

Yes, you are supposed to stay upright for an hour at least:). Hang in there Nick..
#9
| Loud Noisy Bird
It was a coouple of years ago. Can I lie down yet?
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#10
| Maha Guru Member
Are you one of those sadhus that never do?
Side note is that Malarone doesn't cure infections as it isn't an antibiotic. And then are different types of antibiotics for different types of infections. I was given the wrong one once before an op. With the IV in place the doc discovers it and swears in Persian. Go home boy and as soon as they removed the IV I bolted like a school kid released from class:)..
#11
| Maha Guru Member
erm..... why dont you ask a Dr?
I dont trust any of these reprobates to advise on matters of health......
#12
| Maha Guru Member
Can't argue with that:). However, doctors don't know everything and they don't often know tropical. As one Indian doctor said to his interns, so that I could overhear, in the states they run all kinds of tests for days and still don't know what is wrong. Patient dies. We diagnose and treat, patient lives:)..
#13
| Senior Member
Don't make the mistake I did of taking it on an empty stomach, then getting an awful stomach ache within your first ten hours in India & think you've already got Delhi Belly! I wish my doctor would have advised to take it with food, sigh. I knew better my second time going over there.
#14
| Maha Guru Member
As a prophylactic (prophylaxis?) against Malaria it should be taken a few days before you get to India and a few days after you leave as well; it should also be taken with food to avoid nasty stomach cramps. It can leave you more prone to sunburn too so remember to slap on the sun-cream.
#15
| Survivor
I've never heard of any antibiotic with an alcohol warning. I've taken doxycycline and I drink. The main problem is skin sensitivity to the sun. You need to take it 2 days before and 4 weeks after your trip. Can you go without beer for that long?:rolleyes:

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