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Dr. Danny Proffitt
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Is it safe to drink alcohol if you are taking clindamycin ? If so does the amount you drink make a difference?

Dr. Danny Proffitt
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Is it safe to drink alcohol if you are taking clindamycin ? If so does the amount you drink make a difference?

Probably safe butttt: If you are on antibiotics, it is best not to be drinking while on the med and with an infection. Alcohol is a depressant and can affect the white cells via the bone marrow. One drink is not what I am referring to. It's just best to get well and then drink responsibly. ...Read more

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Dr. Daniel Lebowitz
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Dr. Gregg Albers
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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. Paul Grin
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Having root canal week from now. Taking clindamycin 150mg 2 capsules every 6 hours. QTY 40 Can I drink alcohol? Will it affect the antibiotics?

Dr. Paul Grin
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Having root canal week from now. Taking clindamycin 150mg  2 capsules every 6 hours.
QTY 40 
Can I drink alcohol? Will it affect the antibiotics?

Not recommended: There has been little research conducted on this subject. However, the advice given by many of the manufacturers is that you should avoid drinking alcohol while taking antibiotics and for 48 hours after finishing the course of the treatment. Remember: moderation is the key. ...Read more

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Dr. Arnold Malerman
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I' am taking clindamycin for an infection that is going to be treated my my dentist. Is it okay to drink alcohol?

Dr. Arnold Malerman
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I' am taking clindamycin for an infection that is going to be treated my my dentist. Is it okay to drink alcohol?

No: Alcohol can make antibiotics less effective, but before imbibing check with whoever gave you the rx. Also note, before having dental work, that alcohol can promote bleeding. ...Read more

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Dr. Richard Ruth
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Can i take clindamycin and drink alcohol?

Dr. Richard Ruth
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Can i take clindamycin and drink alcohol?

Mixing: Yes, but it will lower the effect of the antibiotics. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Is it possible for me to drink alcohol on clindamycin?

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Is it possible for me to drink alcohol on clindamycin?

No interactions : Were found between Clindamycin using a drug interaction checker. ...Read more

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Dr. Martin Raff
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Can I drink alcohol on clindamycin?

Dr. Martin Raff
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Yes: There is no direct contraindication to drinking alcohol while receiving clindamycin, except that alcohol in your bloodstream may inhibit some of your immune mechanisms. ...Read more

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Dr. Lynne Weixel
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How long do I wait to drink alcohol after finishing clindamycin?

Dr. Lynne Weixel
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Very short 1/2 life: Clindamycin is out of your system w/in hours of the last pill and there is no danger from the combo in any case. The very important reason NOT to combine them is the reduction in antibiotic effectiveness. You want the effects to be optimal but after the drug is finished and out of your system that's over. So, drink moderately (always!) and you should be okay. Especially if the original issue's ok. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Ein
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Can i drink alcohol while on clindamycin?

Dr. Michael Ein
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Can i drink alcohol while on clindamycin?

Yes: No problem taking Clindamycin with alcohol but keep it in moderation. If you have a significant infection it would be best to abstain until the infection has resolved. ...Read more

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
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Can you drink alcohol while taking cleocin?

Alcohol: Alcohol is not good for you at any time, much less when you have an infection. Please abstain. ...Read more

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