Amoxicillin is a penicillin based drug. It is usually used as the first line of treatment for a variety of bacterial infections, especially those of the ear, nose, throat, or skin. It is almost always the standard prescription for issues like middle ear infection or for tonsillitis.
Since it is a penicillin antibiotic, there may not be any significant issues to combine its dosage with a drink or two. However, it may be better to just hold off on it for a few hours post a drink.
Just like any other antibiotic, this too is best if taken in an empty stomach. Which means that you’ve either got to take it early in the morning or in case that is not possible, you have to wait for a substantial amount of time like 3-4 hours to have a relatively empty stomach to have the amoxicillin and then again wait a couple of more hours before you can actually have a drink. That is a lot of time being spent in calculation if you ask me!
Typically, amoxicillin should be taken at the same time each day. So in case you are a social drinker or if you have just made plans to meet up with some friends to grab a quick drink, you have to work your social schedule around your medicine time.
Have a look at the following symptoms – diarrhoea, pain while swallowing, confusion, tingling sensation, numbness, nausea, headache, vomiting. What does it look like? A horrible hangover or maybe the inability to tolerate a particular drink, isn’t it? Well, that is true. But what is also true is that in certain cases, amoxicillin may give the exact same side effects - maybe any one or maybe a combination of a couple of them.
If you experience one of these mentioned symptoms in the morning after having had amoxicillin the previous morning and a wild night of party; would you be able to tell what is causing the side effects? Because if you cannot, then you don’t know whether you should be rushing to the hospital or nursing that hangover headache! Is it worth that risk?
The good news here is that amoxicillin doses usually last a week or less, unless it is something very severe that you are dealing with. If they last for a long time, then I suspect that one is unwell enough to not think of alcohol at all till they get cured.
And in case if it is something minor like a bout of tonsillitis or something similar, then a week or two without alcohol shouldn’t make that big a difference in your life. At the end of the day, it is a drug and its best to keep drinking at a minimum while on medication.