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Dr. Robert Greer
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Can you drink alcohol while taking cephalexin?

Dr. Robert Greer
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Can you drink alcohol while taking cephalexin?

Shouldn't: All antibiotics in the "beta-lactam" group that includes pennicillin, amoxicillin, Ampicillin and the cephlosporins like Cephalexin are excreted(peed out) more rapidly after alcohol-thus lessening their effective time in your body. ...Read more

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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


Dr. Alan Ali
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Can you drink alcohol while taking cephalexin?

Dr. Alan Ali
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Can you drink alcohol while taking  cephalexin?

Keflex: I would not recommend that, due to excess load on the liver. ...Read more

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Dr. William Lizarraga
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Can you drink alcohol while taking cephalexin ?

Dr. William Lizarraga
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Don't: Better to not mix antibiotics and alcohol! ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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What will happen if I drink alcohol while taking Cephalexin?

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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What will happen if I drink alcohol while taking Cephalexin?

Drug interactions: Drug interaction checker showed no significant interactions between Cephalexin and alcohol. Ask your prescriber it there are any recommended restrictions based on the condition being treated. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Ein
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Is it dangerous to drink alcohol while taking cephalexin?

Dr. Michael Ein
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Is it dangerous to drink alcohol while taking cephalexin?

Yes: You can drink alcohol while taking keflex/cephalexin but do it in moderation at most. If you have a significant infection it would be best to abstain until its better. ...Read more

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Dr. Robert Kwok
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If a person does drink alcohol while taking keflex, do they have to restart the entire keflex regimen or can they just take one extra day of the antib?

Dr. Robert Kwok
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If a person does drink alcohol while taking keflex, do they have to restart the entire keflex regimen or can they just take one extra day of the antib?

Neither: Alcohol is toxic to living tissues (we humans happen to be a complex glob of living tissues), so avoid drinking too much. Also, an infected person doesn't need any additional, voluntary toxins in the body. However, alcohol does not have a direct relationship to how many Keflex capsules one needs to take. That would just depend on how well the infection is clearing up, and on the doctor's orders. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Ein
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Can you drink alcohol while taking keflex?

Dr. Michael Ein
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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 better. ...Read more

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Dr. STEPHEN GIROUX
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Can i drink alcohol while taking keflex?

Dr. STEPHEN GIROUX
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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 check while your body's defenses can fight it off. Alcohol supresses your body's defenses- so therefore the healing is slowed and you may not acheive total eradication of the bug! ...Read more

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Dr. John Munshower
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How many days it is safe to drink alcohol after taking the last dosage of, "Cephalexin"?

Dr. John Munshower
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How many days it is safe to drink alcohol after taking the last dosage of, "Cephalexin"?

Be safe-48hours: After the full course-48 hours should be fine. In Moderation of course, do not drink too much, be safe. ...Read more

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