Is it safe to consume alcohol during drug treatment for trichomoniasis?

Updated: Jan 02, 2020
  • Author: Darvin Scott Smith, MD, MSc, DTM&H; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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For both metronidazole and tinidazole, patients should not consume alcohol during the course of treatment, as nitroimidazoles can create a disulfiram-like intolerance reaction when taken with alcohol. [116] Among those on metronidazole therapy, abstinence should continue for 24 hours after the last dose. Among those on tinidazole therapy, abstinence should continue for 72 hours after completion of the medication. [48] Treating the patient’s sexual partners to prevent reinfection further improves the cure rate. Where legal, this may be easier to accomplish with expedited partner therapy. [14]


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