A 26-year-old female asked:
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can i drink alcohol when i am on antibiotics?

2 doctor answers
Dr. Susan Arnoult
24 years experience Family Medicine
Limited: It depends on the antibiotic. The only one that causes serious adverse reaction consistently is Metronidazole (also called Flagyl).
Answered on Jun 28, 2014
Dr. Alan Wartenberg
48 years experience 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 is being treated, and HOW MUCH ALCOHOL you are talking about. Alcohol decreases the activity of white blood cells that fight infection and make antibodies, and it is not the best thing to take when you are trying to cure an infection. Talk to doctor
Answered on Dec 12, 2015

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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 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Diane Minich
36 years experience Family Medicine
Not recommended: Alcohol can decrease the absorbtion and efficacy of the antibiotic.
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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That depends: On the antibiotic and how much you drank.
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Dr. Dheeraj Raina
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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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