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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. ...Read more

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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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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. ...Read more

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

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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Can you drink alcohol while taking cleocin?

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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Can i drink alcohol a day after using cleocin ovules?

Can i drink alcohol a day after using cleocin 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. ...Read more

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Can I take alcohol with clindamycin HCl (300 mg capsule)?

Can I take alcohol with clindamycin HCl (300 mg capsule)?

Not a good idea: While consumption of small amounts of alcohol has not been shown to have adverse reaction with clindamycin; it is generally a bad idea to mix alcohol with medications. ...Read more

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