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CAN YOU DRINK BEER WHEN TAKING CEPHALEXIN

A 42-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mark Reynolds
32 years experience Psychiatry
In moderation: There is no specific interaction between ethanol and keflex. A drink or two with Cephalexin isn't going to interact, but moderation is the key. Too mu ... Read More
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A 40-year-old male asked:
Dr. Patricia Foster
43 years experience Psychiatry
Hold the alcohol: Antibiotics and alcohol have some similar side effects: upset stomach, feeling drowsy or dizzy. Taken together these side effects may be more intense. ... Read More
A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
55 years experience Infectious Disease
Few if any: You will probably have a higher alcohol level than if you did not drink beer, but other than that should be safe.
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Rhoades
47 years experience Family Medicine
Below: Alcohol -and antibiotics are not meant to be taken together. Reevaluate your situation--are you sure you cannot go without a couple of beers while on ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Ein
47 years experience Infectious Disease
Yes: Alcohol interacts with a few antibiotics such as Flagyl but can be taken while on most antibiotics if so desired. The alcohol should only be drunk in ... Read More
A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Carlos Satulovsky
27 years experience Psychiatry
It is listed: A minor interaction is listed in the engines (interaction checker). However, how significant in your case can only be determined by your physician.
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Hardin
35 years experience Wound care
No interaction but: Alcohol and Keflex are fine together but drink in moderation as alcohol can interfere with your ability to fight an infection.
A 26-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Greer
43 years experience Family Medicine
Shouldn't: All antibiotics in the "beta-lactam" group that includes pennicillin, amoxicillin, Ampicillin and the cephlosporins like Cephalexin are excreted(peed ... Read More
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A 40-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali answered
31 years experience Psychiatry
Keflex: I would not recommend that, due to excess load on the liver.
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Keegan Duchicela
13 years experience Family Medicine
Should be fine.: But if you're taking the penicillin for strep throat, the alcohol probably won't make your throat feel any better, and could make it a little more sor ... Read More
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Joel Gallant
35 years experience Infectious Disease
No contraindications: From the moment you start.
A male asked:
Dr. Hunter Handsfield
52 years experience Infectious Disease
Yes, in moderation: Contrary to popular beliefs, alcohol in moderation doesn't interfere with antibiotics and it's OK to drink while taking them. Just don't overdo it. Bo ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anthony Vertino
22 years experience Clinical Psychology
Not a good idea: Mixing alcohol with any medication is not a good idea.
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Ein
47 years experience Infectious Disease
Yes: No problem taking penicillin class antibiotics with alcohol but keep it in moderation. If you have a significant infection it would be best to abstai ... Read More
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A 64-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ziad Akl
Dr. Ziad Akl answered
30 years experience Infectious Disease
Yes: Cipro (ciprofloxacin) is not affected by alcohol intake.
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A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
Yes: As always, enjoy it wisely.
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Ein
47 years experience Infectious Disease
Yes: You can drink alcohol while taking Keflex but do it in moderation at most. If you have a significant infection it would be best to abstain until its ... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Hardin
35 years experience Wound care
No interaction but: Alcohol and Doxycycline are fine together but drink in moderation as alcohol can interfere with your ability to fight an infection.
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A female asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Drug interactions: Drug interaction checker showed no significant interactions between Cephalexin and alcohol. Ask your prescriber it there are any recommended restricti ... Read More
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A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Lizarraga
15 years experience Internal Medicine
Don't: Better to not mix antibiotics and alcohol!
A 53-year-old male asked:
Dr. Hunter Handsfield
52 years experience Infectious Disease
Yes, in moderation: Contrary to popular beliefs, almost no antibiotics interact with alcohol. Heavy alcohol impairs the immune system's ability to fight infection, but al ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Larry Lutwick
48 years experience Infectious Disease
Sure: Within limits of course.
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A member asked:
Dr. Dan Fisher
26 years experience Internal Medicine
Yes.: But as with any medication do not drink to excess.
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. STEPHEN GIROUX
39 years experience Pharmacology
Not a good idea: While not a direct interaction with the keflex, alcohol will slow the healing process. An antibiotic is taken to hold a "bug" (micro-organism) in chec ... Read More
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