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do antibiotics work if you drink alcohol

A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dheeraj Raina
28 years experience Psychiatry
Don't know, but...: Since there are no double-blind, randomized control trials to answer this question, can't tell you for sure. However, the question that I have is - si ... Read More

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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Hunter Handsfield
52 years experience 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
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Munshower
29 years experience Family Medicine
Wait 24-48: To be safe and to let the antibx work most effectively, wait 24-48 hours, than you can drink etoh in moderation and responsibly only. Best wishes.
A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Diane Minich
36 years experience Family Medicine
Not recommended: Alcohol can decrease the absorbtion and efficacy of the antibiotic.
A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
That depends: On the antibiotic and how much you drank.
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joel Gallant
35 years experience Infectious Disease
Depends: That would only be a problem if you were taking Metronidazole (flagyl) or tinidazole (tindamax).
A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Christopher John
44 years experience Pulmonary Critical Care
Generally it's ok: Whilst many drugs should not be taken with alcohol antibiotics are not usually affected to a significant degree.
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A 40-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jovita Anyanwu
29 years experience Internal Medicine
If you: completed antibiotics 4 days ago drinking alcohol today should not affect the antibiotics. However it is better not to drink untill the condition tha ... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Hunter Handsfield
52 years experience Infectious Disease
Within limits, yes: Azithromycin can cause gastrointestinal irritation with abdominal pain, nausea, or cramping, and alcohol could make it worse. For most people, a coupl ... Read More
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Cohen
41 years experience Internal Medicine
Usually: In moderation. Do not drink alcohol if you are taking flagyll ( Metronidazole ) as that can induce an antibuse like reaction.
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