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can you drink alcohol while on antibiotics for uti

A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Hunter Handsfield
52 years experience in Infectious Disease
No interference: Alcohol in moderation rarely interferes with any antibiotic, and won't have any effect on nitrofurantoin (Macrobid®). Don't overdo it, but otherwise n ... Read More

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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alan Wartenberg
48 years experience in Addiction Medicine
No contraindication: However, since alcohol use may be associated with sexual disinhibition, and "athletic" or vigorous sexual activity is associated with UTI's in women, ... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Karen Jones
36 years experience in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Bladder irritant: Alcohol is a bladder irritant for some people so when they drink it the bladder hurts. Other bladder irritants include caffeine, acidic foods and pop. ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
55 years experience in Infectious Disease
UTI: Yes you can drink alcohol while being treated with Macrobid for uti.
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robin Dretler
42 years experience in Infectious Disease
Sometimes: Some antibiotics interact with acohol to give the patient symptoms such as nausea and vomting (flagyl) or flushing, and rash (mefoxitin). Cceck with ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
55 years experience in Infectious Disease
Yes: There does not appear to be a contraindication which is related to this particular medication. Alcohol in the blood stream has some negative effects ... Read More
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A 57-year-old female asked:
Dr. Shariq Refai
12 years experience in Psychiatry
Never good. : It is never good to drink alcohol with any medication. Discuss risks and benefits with your doctor.
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joel Gallant
35 years experience in Infectious Disease
Depends: That depends on the antibiotic. In most cases it's ok, but people taking Metronidazole (flagyl) or tinidazole (tindamax) should wait until at least 4 ... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Diane Minich
36 years experience in Family Medicine
Not recommended: Alcohol can decrease the absorption of the antibiotic and therefore decrease its efficacy.
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A female asked:
Dr. Hunter Handsfield
52 years experience in Infectious Disease
Yes, in moderation: Alcohol will not interfere with ciprofloxacin (CiproBay) or phenazopyridine (Pyridium) and will not increase side effects. Don't drink to excess; heav ... Read More
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A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Diane Minich
36 years experience in Family Medicine
Not recommended: Alcohol can decrease the absorbtion and efficacy of the antibiotic.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alan Wartenberg
48 years experience in Addiction Medicine
Yes you can, BUT: it always worries me when people find drinking so important that they need to ask this kind of a question. I would also wonder what kind of infection ... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jared Fialkow
Specializes in Nephrology and Dialysis
Alcohol and meds: Many antibiotics lose their effectiveness in the setting of alcohol while others can interact with the alcohol and make you sick. It is usually recom ... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Booth Wainscoat
20 years experience in Infectious Disease
It depends: Many different antibiotics exist.Each has unique side effects & interactions. Always check with your doctor or pharmacist about the specific antibioti ... Read More
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A 39-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Wishnew
41 years experience in Wound care
Caffeine/antibiotics: Yes. It really shouldn't cause a problem.
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joel Gallant
35 years experience in Infectious Disease
Yes: Yes, in moderation.
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience in Psychiatry
If you provide : name of specific antibiotic it can be checked on drug interaction checker. Please clarify and re-ask.
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience in Psychiatry
Drug interaction: checker on Drugs.Com did not reveal interactions btwn levofloxacin and alcohol. That doesn't mean that it isn't possible.
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A 58-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Killian
27 years experience in General Practice
Alcohol and medicine: Yes. But, it may slightly delay your full recovery. I often recommend to my patients that they do not take their medicine with alcohol and to make su ... Read More
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A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Killian
27 years experience in General Practice
Masturbation ???: Masturbation would have no effect to anything in your question. I am not sure what or why this was included in your question. Now alcohol can rea ... Read More
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A 56-year-old male asked:
Dr. Laura Yauch
Specializes in Family Medicine
Etoh and antibiotics: It is not a good idea to take antibiotics and alcohol. Some of them including Flagyl can cause nausea and vomiting similar to antibuse- most unpleas ... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Abraham Morse
27 years experience in Urogynecology
No, it will not: Some antibiotics can increase the tendency for ethanol to cause unpleasant symptoms and/or decrease apparent "tolerance" but should not affect effecti ... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Dariush Saghafi
32 years experience in Neurology
Shouldn't drink ETOH: Alcohol will inactivate most antibiotics and render them useless in fighting whatever the infection is that you are being treated for....best advice i ... Read More

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