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Dr. Gregg Albers
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Alcohol Consumption (Definition)

Alcohol is available in many beverages, from beer and wine to the more potent distilled spirits, such as gin, rye, and whiskey. There appear to be at least small health benefits of small amounts of alcohol use (fewer than five drinks per week), especially of red wine Excessive alcohol use can lead to addiction and severe social and physical complications. Excess long term alcohol use is the most common cause of cirrhosis of the ...Read more


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Can I drink alcohol while taking Nitrofurantoin 100mg for a UTI? I wanna drink this weekend and my last day to take this antibiotic is Saturday.

Can I drink alcohol while taking Nitrofurantoin 100mg for a UTI? I wanna drink this weekend and my last day to take this antibiotic is Saturday.

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, would exercise caution on that front. Alcohol does reduce our body's immune response to infections, and does have some interactions with some antibiotics (taking it with Flagyl can be dangerous), there is no problem with nitrofurantoin. ...Read more

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I've had frequent uti's and whenever I drink alcohol, I notice my bladder starts to hurt for a while as it would during a uti. What's that about?

I've had frequent uti's and whenever I drink alcohol, I notice my bladder starts to hurt for a while as it would during a uti. What's that about?

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. Avoid those irritants and drink more water. Taking in more water can reduce bladder infections. ...Read more

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I have a UTI. I am female. Is it ok for me to drink alcohol/ale while on Nitrofurantoin? It's been 4 days since I started the prescription.

I have a UTI. I am female. Is it ok for me to drink alcohol/ale while on Nitrofurantoin? It's been 4 days since I started the prescription.

Alcohol Abuse: Nitrofurantoin is used to treat Urinary tract infections.
Both Nitrofurantoin and Alcohol may cause Headache, unsteadiness, dizziness, and tiredness.

Let the Wise Woman within you ask:

• If you have above symptoms and decide if you want to use alcohol
• If you have depression, anxiety, blackouts, DUI
• Need to see Psychiatrist for Alcohol use, Tolerance, or Dependence ; Therapy
• AA Meetings ...Read more

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Is it possible for me to drink alcohol whil on antibiotics for uti?

Is it possible for me to drink alcohol whil on antibiotics for uti?

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 recommended to stop drinking while taking antibiotics. ...Read more

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Can I drink alcohol while taking UTI antibiotics? Will it kill me if I do?

Can I drink alcohol while taking UTI antibiotics? Will it kill me if I do?

Not a good idea: Consuming alcohol whilst taking antibiotics will not kill you, but alcohol can neutralize the antibiotics thus making them less effective. Also alcohol can irritate bladder lining & thus interfere with the healing process ...Read more

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Is it safe to drink alcohol while taking nitrofurantoin antibiotics for my uti?

1-2 drinks..: 1-2 drinks of alcohol separately from time of taking the medicine should not affect the effectiveness of the medication/or cause problems, but be sensible. Be good and don't drink and drive.
Good luck. ...Read more

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I am on CiproBay and Pyridium (phenazopyridine) for a UTI, is it possible to drink alcohol whilst on these antibiotics?

I am on CiproBay and Pyridium (phenazopyridine) for a UTI, is it possible to drink alcohol whilst on these antibiotics?

Yes, in moderation: Alcohol will not interfere with ciprofloxacin (CiproBay) or phenazopyridine (Pyridium) and will not increase side effects. Don't drink to excess; heavy alcohol interferes with immune system fighting infection. FYI, phenazopyridine isn't an antibiotic, but a urinary anesthetic that helps reduce symptoms; OK to stop when painful urination and urgency gone, usually 1-2 days. But take all the cipro. ...Read more

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Please tell me, could you drink alcohol while on the antibiotic amox tr-k clv?

Please tell me, could you drink alcohol while on the antibiotic amox tr-k clv?

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 - since an antibiotic is usually given only for a few days, if you don't feel like you can safely refrain from drinking alcohol for even that period, might you be struggling with an alcohol problem. Please discuss this with your doctor asap. ...Read more

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Is it possible to drink alcohol 6 hours after I took an antibiotic pill?

Usually: In moderation. Do not drink alcohol if you are taking flagyll (Metronidazole) as that can induce an antibuse like reaction. ...Read more

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When can you drink alcohol after taking an antibiotic called augumentin. Thank you so much.?

When can you drink alcohol after taking an antibiotic called augumentin. Thank you so much.?

When finished: You should not drink with most medications. So when you finish your prescription. ...Read more

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When I take my last antibiotic can I drink alcohol again?

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. ...Read more

Dr. Lois Freisleben-Cook
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Urinary Tract Infection (Definition)

A urinary tract infection, also known as an UTI, may involve the kidney, ureter, bladder, or urethra. A common cause is an intestinal bacteria, E. coli. Common symptoms include a frequent urge to urinate, and pain or burning when urinating. Antibiotics are typically ...Read more


Dr. James Lin
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Urinary Tract Infections (Definition)

A urinary tract infection (often called UTI) is most commonly caused by bacteria and usually refers to an infection in the bladder. Not all bacteria that grows from the urine represents an infection, so the need for antibiotics is determined by your ...Read more