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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

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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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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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. ...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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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 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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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

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


Dr. Brian Hoffman
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Cleocin (Definition)

Cleocin is ...Read more