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Can you drink alcohol while taking cleocin (clindamycin phosphate)?

Can you drink alcohol while taking cleocin (clindamycin phosphate)?

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

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 take clindamycin and drink alcohol?

Can I take clindamycin and drink alcohol?

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

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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?

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.

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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?

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.

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Can I drink alcohol on clindamycin?

Can I drink alcohol on clindamycin?

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.

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Can I drink alcohol while on clindamycin?

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.

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How long do I wait to drink alcohol after finishing clindamycin?

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.

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Can I drink alcohol a day after using cleocin (clindamycin phosphate) ovules?

Can I drink alcohol a day after using cleocin (clindamycin phosphate) ovules?

Can't say: The prescribing doctor (could also be a DO or an RN-NP) or the dispensing pharmacist should be your first advisors in this kind of question, not a stranger online who does not know your history (like whether you have had alcohol abuse), or whether you are on other meds that might severely interact with alcohol (like flagyl/metronidazole). Also, alcohol doesn't help you fight infection or heal.

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What side effects are commonly associated with drinking alcohol and clindamycin HCl 150 mg?

What side effects are commonly associated with drinking alcohol and clindamycin HCl 150 mg?

Depends: It depends on the amount of alcohol you drink. With just one glass, side effects are virtually nonexistant.

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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?

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.

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I was prescribed clindamycin orally (4x a day/300mg a dose for ten days). to take for a swollen gland/submandibular and jaw pain. Thinks its from previous infection since it comes/goes. I have a grad party Saturday 28th can I drink alcohol? Or skip?

I was prescribed clindamycin orally (4x a day/300mg a dose for ten days). to take for a swollen gland/submandibular and jaw pain. Thinks its from previous infection since it comes/goes. I have a grad party Saturday 28th can I drink alcohol? Or skip?

Clinda and alcohol: Skip alcohol but not skip Clinda. ETOH make any med less efficient, BUT if you had Clinda for 4-5 days or longer the benefit is fully gained already and one evening alcohol and lose one dose will not make anything worse. Enjoy the party!

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Can you drink alcohol while taking L-tyrosine?

Can you drink alcohol while taking L-tyrosine?

I do every thanksgiv: L tyrosine is a normal amino acid found in meat. There is no more interaction between it an alcohol than meat and alcohol.

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Can you drink alcohol while taking tamiflures?

Can you drink alcohol while taking tamiflures?

Not Advised: It is not advised to drink alcohol when you are ill regardless if you are on medication or not. That then gets much more specific in that you are not to drink alcohol when on medication for an acute illness such as the flu.

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Can you drink alcohol while taking decongestants?

Can you drink alcohol while taking decongestants?

Etoh & decongestant: Greetings. You can in moderation drink alcohol and take decongestants. Saline nasal wash is a great natural decongestant.

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Why Cant You Drink Alcohol While Taking Vandazole?

Why Cant You Drink Alcohol While Taking Vandazole?

Vandazole: There is the potential for an interaction that will cause nausea and vomiting. It is a very unpleasant explosive vomiting. You also can turn red all over. It is the same type of reaction that occurs with Ant-abuse a medication given to help alcoholics not drink.

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Should I be fine to drink alcohol while taking st john's wort?

Should I be fine to drink alcohol while taking st john's wort?

Not recommended: Using st. John's wort together with alcohol can increase nervous system side effects such as dizziness, drowsiness, and difficulty concentrating. Some people may also experience impairment in thinking and judgment. You should avoid or limit the use of alcohol. Don't risk hurting yourself, or others. Good health!

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Is it possible for you to drink alcohol while taking antybioticks?

Is it possible for you to drink alcohol while taking antybioticks?

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 antibiotics are 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.

Clindamycin (Definition)

Part of the lincoside family. It has good gram positive an anaerobic coverage, but its association with the development of clostridium difficile infection has limited its use. It is used in certain drug allergy situations where staph, strep, pneumococcal, and anaerobic organisms. Its use in MRSA infections is spotty. It is a bacteriostatic drug that works ...Read more


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