No such significant, harmful effect can be found in taking both doxycycline and alcohol at the same time. That is not necessarily the case with consumption of larger amounts of alcohol. Some of the more common doxycycline side effects including dizziness, upset stomach and nausea are also common effects of drinking larger quantities of alcohol, and these side effects can be additive.

Doxycycline is majorly used for preventing infections caused by bacteria. This medicine is effective for treatment of the sexually transmitted infection chlamydia, although with increased antibiotic resistance in recent years is no longer recommended for treatment of gonorrhea. Doxycycline is also used in low doxycycline dosage for treatment of periodontitis and acne. Doxycycline is also used for treatment of respiratory and sinus infections, and remains effective against most strains of staphylococcus aureus including most MRSA organisms. Though alcohol has no direct negative effect on the antimicrobial properties of doxycycline, consumption of alcohol in such health conditions should be limited for other reasons. Good amounts of rest, healthy diet, and avoiding behaviors where spread of infection to others is likely are important for patients with these infections. Excess alcohol use may impair judgment and reduce the likelihood of patients taking good care of themselves to allow recovery from these infections.

Both Doxycycline and alcohol should not be taken by women during pregnancy. Doxycycline is absolutely contraindicated for use during pregnancy because of well documented damage to dental development. Alcohol has been shown to lead to a syndrome called fetal alcohol syndrome and even moderate amounts of alcohol are not considered safe for pregnant women.

In general if you are taking doxycycline and alcohol is something you choose to drink, try to keep the amount of alcohol to a minimum to reduce the chances of problems.

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