Can I Take Diflucan With Alcohol?
Diflucan is an antifungal or antibiotic medication used to treat fungal infections such as candidiasis, thrush, yeast infections, skin and nail fungal infections, and ringworm. Diflucan is the brand name of the drug, while fluconazole is its generic name. It is a prescription drug, which means that a person must first consult a doctor and have himself examined before he can take the drug. It is also important that he follows the doctor’s instructions exactly so that adverse effects may be avoided, and so that the drug can effectively cure his infection.
Aside from specifying the dosage and frequency of use, the doctor will also advise the person to avoid alcohol while taking Diflucan. Diflucan and alcohol do not mix well together, because it produces the so-called “disulfiram effect.” Disulfiram, or antabuse, is a drug that treats alcoholism by making the person acutely sensitive to alcohol. When he drinks alcohol while there is disulfiram in his system, he experiences very unpleasant symptoms such as anxiety, restlessness, elevated blood pressure, severe nausea, vomiting, throbbing headaches, shortness of breath, mental confusion, skin flushing, and visual impairment. The severity of these symptoms will make him avoid alcohol altogether, thereby eliminating his addiction to the substance.
Diflucan fluconazole, like other members of the “azole” family of drugs, and many other antibiotics produce the disulfiram effect in varying degrees. They usually do not produce symptoms that are as severe as those resulting from disulfiram treatment, but there will be unpleasant side effects just the same. The person may experience nausea, headaches, anxiety, difficulty breathing, increased pulse rate and blood pressure, and “hangover” symptoms, among others. To be on the safe side, it is best not to take Diflucan and alcohol together, even if hours separate the ingestion of either substance.
Diflucan is also known to cause or aggravate liver damage. It is therefore not generally prescribed for persons who have liver diseases, such as hepatitis and cirrhosis, or for those with impaired liver functioning. Similarly, alcohol is harmful to the liver. Alcoholism is in fact a known cause of liver cirrhosis. Thus, taken together, they are massively injurious to the liver. Diflucan and alcohol are a very destructive combination that will likely result to liver problems.
Medication is also not recommended for persons who have kidney and heart problem. Diflucan can affect heart rhythms in persons with cardiovascular diseases, and this may lead to arrhythmias or irregular heart rhythms. Similarly, pregnant women and nursing mothers should not take diflucan. The drug may be harmful to unborn babies, although this has not been categorically proven by scientific research. What has been established is that diflucan can pass through breastmilk and be ingested by a nursing baby, producing unwanted side effects.
Persons taking diflucan may experience some side effects that include nausea and vomiting, diarrhea, dizziness, abdominal cramps, headaches, and hair loss. These should diminish in time, or disappear altogether once the body becomes accustomed to the drug. If the symptoms do not abate, or if they intensify and become very unpleasant, this should be reported immediately to the doctor. The doctor also needs to be informed right away if the person faints or experiences severe dizziness or heart palpitations.