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Can you drink alcohol while taking cephalexin?

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

Dr. Gregg Albers
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What will happen if I drink alcohol while taking Cephalexin?

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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Is it dangerous to drink alcohol while taking cephalexin?

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

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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Can I drink alcohol after I stoped take cephalexin 500mg for 1 day? Thanks..

Can I drink alcohol after I stoped take cephalexin 500mg for 1 day? Thanks..

Probably: Cephalexin is not typically one of the antibiotics that we see a bad reaction with when taken in conjunction with alcohol ingestion. You will probably be ok but as always, drink in moderation no matter what you're taking. The only thing I can think of to be careful of is if the Cephalexin gives you a side effect of feeling dizzy, alcohol may exacerbate this. Read more

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Is it safe to drink alcohol on cephalexin 500mg cap?

Is it safe to drink alcohol on cephalexin 500mg cap?

No interference: Contrary to popular beliefs, alcohol in moderation rarely interferes with any antibiotic, and won't have any effect on cephalexin (Keflex). Heavy drinking can interfere with the immune system helping fight your infection, so don't overdo it, but otherwise no worries. Read more

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If I've just started taking cephalexin for a minor skin condition and a small case of tonsillitis, would I be able to drink alcohol in 5days from now?

If I've just started taking cephalexin for a minor skin condition and a small case of tonsillitis, would I be able to drink alcohol in 5days from now?

Yes you can drink: Yes you will be able to drink alcohol in 5 days as long as you don't drink in excess. While vitc is not going to be much help it will not cause any problem and can be safely continued with the antibiotics you are taking. Read more

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Can I drink alcohol while taking keflex?

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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Can you drink alcohol while taking keflex?

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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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?

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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Can you drink alcohol when taking keflex?

No interaction but: Alcohol and Keflex are fine together but drink in moderation as alcohol can interfere with your ability to fight an infection. Read more

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Can you drink alcohol while on keflex?

Not recommended: Alcohol can decrease the absorption of the antibiotic and therefore decrease its efficacy. Read more

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Will I be able to drink alcohol with my cefalexin?

Will I be able to drink alcohol with my cefalexin?

Sure, go ahead: Contrary to common beliefs, it is almost always OK to drink alcohol (in moderation) while taking antibiotics. Don't get tanked, but otherwise don't worry about it. Read more

Dr. Creighton Wright
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