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Can you drink alcohol while taking doxycycline?

Can you drink alcohol while taking doxycycline?

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

Dr. Gregg Albers
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What happens if I drink alcohol while taking doxycycline hyclate?

What happens if I drink alcohol while taking doxycycline hyclate?

Not much: That is unless you're abusing alcohol. Otherwise a few drinks now and then shouldn't matter. If you've got a drinking problem however, it's time to get honest with your doctor.

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Can I drink alcohol while taking 100mg of doxycycline hyclate twice daily for 21 days for Lyme Disease? If so, what is a safe amount?

Can I drink alcohol while taking 100mg of doxycycline hyclate twice daily for 21 days for Lyme Disease? If so, what is a safe amount?

Yes but: The safe amount varies among individuals and in general women cannot tolerate alcohol as well. Any amount of alcohol which causes any type of impairment is not good. In general, one should drink no more than two servings of alcohol a day regardless of what medication you take.

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Can I drink alcohol if I'm taking doxycycline?

Can I drink alcohol if I'm taking doxycycline?

Yes: No problem taking tetracycline class antibiotics 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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Will I be able to drink alcohol for one night whilst taking doxycycline?

Will I be able to drink alcohol for one night whilst taking doxycycline?

Drug interaction: Checker reveals that there is potential for mild unspecified interaction that is not clinically significant.

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Can I drink alcohol with doxycycline?

Not recommended: While risks of adverse outcome associated with drinking alcohol while taking Doxycycline are less than some other antibiotics, it is still not recommended. Studies show that drinking alcohol can increase the metabolism and clearance of doxycycline, making it less effective at fighting infections. Also for people with liver disease, the combination of alcohol and Doxycycline is contraindicated.

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Is it ok to drink alcohol with doxycycline?

Is it ok to drink alcohol with doxycycline?

Just not too much: There is no great interaction. But moderation in all things.

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Took last doxycycline tablet at 2pm can I drink alcohol at 8pm?

Took last doxycycline tablet at 2pm can I drink alcohol at 8pm?

Never recommended: It's not medically sound to ever take prescription medication and drink alcohol of any amount within 24 hrs. Of one another. You may destroy or alter the efficacy of the prescription drug or there could be interactions of a chemical nature. I would recommend giving your system a break from alcohol. Especially since you're apparently recovering from some other problem/infection, whatever.

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I drink everyday, stop for 2 days bc I'm on doxycycline. Can I drink alcohol?

Drug interaction: Checker showed possible mild (but unspecified) interaction btwn Doxycycline and alcohol which should not be clinically significant.

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Took doxycycline today for acne around 1:30. It's now 11:00. Can I drink alcohol or should I wait?

Took doxycycline today for acne around 1:30. It's now 11:00. Can I drink alcohol or should I wait?

Wait: Do not drink alcohol at all. It has never done any one any good, ever. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. Get HPV vaccine.

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Can I drink alcohol whilst taking doxycycline for treatment of chlamydia?

Alcohol and medicine: Yes. But, it may slightly delay your full recovery. I often recommend to my patients that they do not take their medicine with alcohol and to make sure that the pill was taken at a different time then when you have a belly full of alcohol.

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I'm taking doxycycline for a possible chlamydia infection, will it still be effective if I drink alcohol during the one-week regimen?

I'm taking doxycycline for a possible chlamydia infection, will it still be effective if I drink alcohol during the one-week regimen?

Not as effective: Alcohol can decrease the effectiveness of the antibiotic. With Doxycycline no milk or dairy within 2 hours of taking it because it definitely affects the absorption of the doxycycline.

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Will drinking alcohol while taking antibiotics deter their effectiveness? Or will it make you more drowsy/nauseous. Metronidazole and doxycycline

Will drinking alcohol while taking antibiotics deter their effectiveness? Or will it make you more drowsy/nauseous. Metronidazole and doxycycline

Severe vomiting: Like trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole, Metronidazole and alcohol can cause a Disulfiram -like reaction similar the drug, Antabuse (disulfiram) - resulting in violent vomiting. Doxycycline in itself, can cause severe nausea and vomiting. As a result, you will not likely keep you medication down - which ultimately restricts the effectiveness of the vomited antibiotic.

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What can happen if I drink alcohol while taking sam-e. Please be specific.

You'll become poorer: As you spend money for otc medication that hasn't ever been shown to help any known medical condition. Alcohol in moderation won't hurt you or interact with sam-e. What do you think you're treating with the supplement? And what evidence do you have that it's helping? It can interact with certain meds, but not alcohol. Don't believe everything you read on the internet.

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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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